The 31st National Poetry Festival (Jatiyo Kobita Utsab) will be held from February 1, this year, with the slogan of "poetry does not allow barbarism."
Poet Belal Chowdhury will inaugurate the function at 10:00am in the morning, which will be preceded by placing wreaths at the Language Martyrs' Monument (Kendrio Shaheed Minar).
Poets from all 64 districts will participate in the festival and recite their poems, organisers said.
Besides host country, poets from India, Russia, China, Sweden, Austria, Argentina, Germany and Puerto Rico will join the festival, they added.
The two-day festival would feature elaborate programmes - including recitation of poems, songs on Ekushey, seminar, discussion and more.
The festival started in 1987 to protest the autocratic rule prevailing then..