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How to use and plan Esperanto Events

Every day, somewhere, Esperanto speakers meet one-on-one, in small local clubs, and in regional and special-purpose events. A larger Esperanto meeting is usually called a "Congress" or, in Esperanto, a Kongreso. Yearly events include national conventions, and the Universala Kongreso which is a huge international, worldwide convention. The national convention of the United States Esperanto speakers, hosted by E-USA (formerly ELNA,) drew 95 participants from 7 countries in 2005 when it was held in Austin, TX. The Universala Kongreso drew over 2300 people from over 70 different countries to the town of Vilnius, Lithuania in 2005.

These events are great experiences because they let you meet interesting people, let you hear different Esperanto speakers, and, if they are international, let you meet Esperanto speakers with whom you may not share another common language at all. (Typically, at a local club meeting in the United States, most people know English, but that is certainly not true at the Universala Kongreso!)

However, as E.F. Schumacher titled his book so long ago, "Small is Beautiful". Small events are much easier to organize than large ones. Why not consider hosting or attending a small kongreso in your area, perhaps with a specific theme? The E-USA newsletter and website are the best places to learn of planned congresses of all sizes, and of course if you plan one yourself, please tell E-USA so that they can help you promote it.

The four most important things to remember in organizing a kongreso are:

  • Use the Internet. (It's not the only tool for promoting events, but it is by far the best.)
  • Start early. (People need time to plan and to build momentum around an idea.)
  • Give out information frequently. (It really helps to build consensus and momentum if people see regular updates about what is planned, how concrete the plans are, and how many people are expected to attend.)
  • Have fun.
by Robert L. Read

Contact us / Kontaktu Nin

Contact Us / Kontaktu Nin:

Landa Kongreso * 2017 June 30 - July 3 * Annual Congress

EO Esperanto: La Landa Kongreso 2017 okazos en Raleigh, Nord-Karolino, Usono, 2017 ekde la 30-a de junio ĝis la 3-a de julio, 2017.
Por aliĝi, vidu: Aliĝilo

EN English: The Annual US Esperanto Congress 2017 will be in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, Jun 30 - July 3, 2017.
To sign up, see: Registration

NASK * 2017 jul 4 - 13 * Summer Courses

EO Esperanto: La bonega kursaro NASK - Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro okazos de la 4-a de Julio ĝis la 7-a de Julio ĉe Raleigh, Norda Karolino, ĉe la Universitato William Peace. Por vidi pli da detaloj aŭ aliĝi, klaketu ligilon NASK.

EN English: The excellent North American Esperanto Summer Courses (NASK), will be happening from July 4 to 13th, at William Peace University, in Raleigh, North Carolina. To see more details or sign up, click on NASK.

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