Benalmádena town hall is inviting local residents and visitors to take part in the cultural initiative, El Poema Gigante, an event where people can participate in the creation of a huge collection of poetry, which will take place between 11am and 6pm on Tuesday 21 March.
The initiative, held to mark World Poetry Day (21 March), began in 2017, although this will be the first time it has been staged in the street since before the pandemic.
This year's event will take place in the area surrounding of the Casa de Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel, where the streets will be laid with around 100 metres of white paper on which the poems can be written.
Organised by the town hall and the local poetry society, Poetopía, this year’s theme is the emotional well-being of children and young people.
“We want to invite citizens and groups of the municipality to participate in this activity in order to jointly contribute to the cultural pulse of Benalmádena,” the councillor for Culture, E. Pablo Centella, said.
Unesco first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard. It is an occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, and to raise the visibility of poetry in the media.
Since 2007, more than ten kilometres of poetry has been written in more than 65 countries during events to celebrate the Unesco poetry day.
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