Poetry in Many Languages- March 19, 2019


Explore the many languages spoken in Winnipeg at the World Poetry Event!

Presented by Di Brandt, Winnipeg’s Poet Laureate and the Winnipeg Arts Council

Join us for a free celebratory evening, featuring poetry read by folks of diverse ages and walks of life, in their own heritage languages on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 PM, at McNally Robinson Booksellers. World Poetry Day was conceived by UNESCO as a project of heritage preservation in 1999, and is practiced around the world each spring.

This year, we will hear poems in French, English, Cree, Ukrainian, Tamil, Japanese, Polish, Greek, German and more! Bring your friends and family and enjoy this innovative celebration of traditions and language flourishing in our multicultural city. We are thrilled to be joined by the Daniel McIntyre high school choir. They will help us celebrate all the many languages that are spoken in Winnipeg.

“In the second Winnipeg Poet Laureate-sponsored poetry event I am privileged to host, we are highlighting the rich cultural diversity of this city. Poetry was once widely practiced by everyone, young and old, educated or not. Poetry has a magical quality to it that is also humbling, in that it often feels ‘inspired’ by someone or something more powerful and beautiful and wise than we are. The wonderful thing about poetry is it can accommodate the entire range of human experience and expression, from silly to grand, serious to funny, playful to grief-stricken, small to epic, sometimes all at the same time!”

Di Brandt, Winnipeg’s Poet Laureate

World Poetry Day: Poetry in Many Languages

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

McNally Robinson Booksellers, 4000-1120 Grant Avenue

Reception to follow

ASL-English Interpretation will be provided.