Registration open for National Poet competition

ORANJESTAD - The Commission Celebration National Holidays CCDN together with the Department of Culture Aruba, the commission of literary art and the Foundation of correctors of Papiamento are organizing the prestigious competition for the nomination of the National/ Folk Poet 2020.

Competition National/ Folk PoetThat is the reason they are extending the invitation to all writers and poets age 18 and older to seek inspiration within their hearts to write their best praise and poetry in Papiamento declaiming Aruba and its culture. 

Commission Arte di PalabraThe deadline for submission of their work is March 4, 2020, while the competition will take place on March 13, 2020. A commission will judge all entries and will invite the best to present their work during the cultural event at the Plaza Betico Croes. In the event the author cannot personally present his/her work, they can assign someone else to do the presentation on their behalf. 

Competition National/ Folk PoetEntries are limited to one poet per person and should be about Aruba and its culture. 

Each poet should be in Papiamento and should include 4 to 9 refrains: each refrain should contain four phrases and should rhyme.

There will be awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the National Poet 2020.

The deadline to enter the competition is March 4 and entries should be emailed to

For more information, please contact DCA tel.: 582-2185

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