Our residential Esperanto expert, Sinjoro Eng, writes about up-coming Esperanto events around the world.
If you have started to learn Esperanto, besides practising the language on the social media network such as Facebook, or Twitter, it would be of real use when you participate in the first Indonesian Esperanto Congress next year.
Mark your calendar and be ready to fly out to the congress venue: the Asia-Africa Museum in Bandung, Indonesia.
The historical place of the Non-Alignment Meeting of Bandung Congress in 1955 would certainly be a walk down memory lane for some.
With the celebration of the birth of Esperanto of 125 years in 2012, more local events are being organised throughout the world. There will be a few events in Malaysia as well.
The Esperanto translator of Google is useful, yet as with all language tools, cannot provide 100% accuracy. It is useful to note that the USA’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website uses the Esperanto translator from Google.
The 97th Universala Esperanto Kongreso (UK) or Esperanto World Congress will be held in Hanoi this July, 2012.
Other events are as follows: the 98th UK will be held in Reykjavik the capital city of Iceland in 2013 and the 99th UK will be held in Argentina in 2014.
Few countries are currently competing to host the 100th UK. France appears to be the most interested in hosting the event, as per their campaign stating that the 1st UK was held in France in 1887, and therefore, the Jubilee should return to the birthplace of the congress.
On the Asia front, besides the Indonesian event, there are regular Esperanto events such as the Komuna Seminario (KS) held at the end of year by China, Korea or Japan, taking turns to host the event. Of late, the event is expanding to other countries such as Vietnam that organised a similar event in 2008.
The most relevant event to us would be the Asia Esperanto Congress. The 7th Asia Esperanto Congress will be held in Israel. The Asia Esperanto Congress is held once in two years with the 6th Asia Esperanto Congress held last in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
The South Asia Esperanto Meet was held in Kathmandu, Nepal early this year. Host selection for the next South Asia Meet will be decided during the 7th Asia Esperanto Congress.
If you have started learning Esperanto since my first LoyarBurok article, you should be able to participate in the Esperanto Conference in Science and Technical Application. It will be held in Modra-Harmónia, a Slovokia town from 15-18 November this year.
ASEAN will have a similar Esperanto event in the future and it would probably be like the SEA Games, in the sense that each member country will take turns to organize the event, every two or three years.
Esperanto activities are getting popular especially amongst youth. There are many youth Esperanto congresses besides the Internacia Junulara Kongreso (IJK) or International Youth Congress. More events are being organized in Asia where countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia, are the most active hosts. When Thailand’s research on Esperanto concludes in a few years, Thailand could very well be the next country to stage international Esperanto events.
Perhaps it would be Malaysia’s turn one day.