Regular Esperanto Events
This page provides descriptions and links for regularly occurring Esperanto events that USEJ members might be interested in attending. Our events calendar lets you know what events are coming up, but hopefully this web page will give you a better idea of what the events actually are like.
Esperantoland is kind of like the village of Brigadoon: it pops up for a few days here and there, wherever Esperanto speakers gather. For a weekend or a week, or in some cases for several weeks, you can immerse yourself in Esperanto by attending one of the many Esperanto events held regularly around the world. These events can be a way to find out about other cultures, to meet people from other countries and start friendships that will last a long time, or just have fun by playing games, going to concerts, and hanging out with kids from other cultures but without any language barriers.
- Large international youth events
- Other international youth events
- International events for all ages
- North American regional events
- Music and art festivals
- Family and children's events
- Esperanto Courses
- IJK - http://www.tejo.org/ijk
IJK stands for Internacia Junulara Kongreso, or International Youth Congress. It's the annual meeting of TEJO, the World Esperanto Youth Organization, and occurs in a different city every year. Hundreds of kids from dozens of dozens of countries descend on one location for a week-long program of presentations and fun. There is something for everyone. During the day, there are sports, excursions to local sights, lectures, games, and other presentations. At night, there are places to dance and hang out that are open until breakfast the next morning! There are often concerts of Esperanto musicians and other musical and cultural events. The IJK usually occurs in a large youth hostel with a nearby campground for participants who want to save money on housing. The IJK occurs during the summer.
- IS - http://www.internacia-seminario.de
- IJF - http://iej.esperanto.it/ijf/
- IJS - http://ijs.hu/
These three events are very similar to the IJK, but are organized by national Esperanto organizations. IS occurs in Germany during the new year holiday, IJS occurs in Italy during the spring, and IJS occurs in Hungary in the summer. Like the IJK, they attract hundreds of young people from all over Europe and the world, and have day and night programs for all tastes. IS (Internacia Seminario) is probably the most famous and most worth attending. It is practically one large week-long new year's party. Members of many organizing committees of other Esperanto events use the IS as a place to gather and meet in one place. BEMI, an Esperanto bicycling organization, also meets during IS. IJS is a large event because of the many Hungarians who attend. It's a great opportunity to visit Hungary. IJF is often less advertised, but is also a great excuse to visit Italy.
IS stands for Internacia Seminario, or International Seminar, because it originally started as a more serious event. IJF stands for Internacia Junulara Festival, or International Youth Festival. And IJS stands for Internacia Junulara Semajno, or International Youth Week.
In 2009, IS merged with AS (Ago-Semajno, in Poland) to form a joint event called -- not OS, but -- JES, Junulara E-Semajno.
- Komuna Seminario
Komuna Seminario is a joint gathering of young Esperanto-speakers in Japan, Korea, and China. It happens over three days every summer, in each of the countries in turn. As with Esperanto youth events in other countries, there are excursions and programs during the day and conversation into the night. KS is attended by about 30-40 people, usually in their 20's. Participants of KS aren't expecting people from other countries to attend, but it seems like a great opportunity for any USEJ members who would like to visit this part of Asia and make friends in the Asian Esperanto community.
- TEJO seminars - http://www.tejo.org/seminarioj/
One of the more visible activities of TEJO (the World Esperanto Youth Organization) is its seminars which it holds a couple times a year. The seminars typically bring together around 30 young people from around the world to discuss an important global issue, like human rights, globalization, language democracy, etc. The seminars are conducted in Esperanto, but when the seminar is held in a location like Strasbourg where European Union translation facilties are available, the seminar can be opened up to speakers of other languages. Esperanto is used as a tool or "working language" for conducting discussions; it is generally not the focus of the seminars.
In addition to discussion, there is often a training component to the seminars, where participants learn practical skills that they can take back with them. And the seminars are a great way to meet active members of TEJO and perhaps get more involved in helping to organize TEJO activites. Of course, TEJO seminars are also lots of fun, and a great way to meet a diverse group of people in person, and exchange ideas and experiences.
- Esperanto@Internet - http://www.ikso.net/echei
This is a basically a TEJO seminar (see above) that focuses on issues of technology and how it can be useful to the Esperanto movement. These seminars are very practical and have resulted in various projects. The online site for learning Esperanto, Lernu.net, was a result of an E@I seminar. At E@I seminars, participants learn about programming languages, creating dynamic web sites, and using the internet for spreading information.
- REJo, Festo, KISO, MELA, and other regional european events
The Universala Kongreso de Esperanto is the annual event of UEA (World Esperanto Association). It occurs in a different country each year and is the largest Esperanto event in the world -- typical attendance is between 1200 and 3000 people, but some years as much as 4000 to 6000! It is a weeklong event of presentations and discussions during the day and music, theater, and other cultural events in the evenings.
The Tut-Amerika Kongreso de Esperanto (TAKE) is a regular event organized by UEA's Amerika Komisiono, a committee for Esperanto activity in the Americas. The convention occurs ever three or so years in a different country in the Americas. It is a weeklong event that is similar to the UK, but with a specific focus on our hemisphere. Participants come from all over North and South America, though some come from as far as Europe and Asia.
The Azia Kongreso de Esperanto is the Asian equivalent of TAKE. It is organized by UEA's Komisiono pri Azia Esperanto-Movado (KAEM) and occurs in a different Asian country every few years. The third AKE, in Korea, saw 400 participants from 16 countries.
- Other nations' events...
If you are interested in attending an Esperanto event outside of the US, consider attending the national convention of another country. Some countries also organize events that draw international participation: the Himalayan gathering in Nepal, various retreats in Russia, etc. [More info to be added!]
- Esperanto-USA annual convention
Our annual convention happens in a different city each year. For more information, see our page on Landaj Kongresoj.
- ARE - http://www.esperanto.qc.ca/en/are
Aŭtuna Renkontiĝo de Esperanto (Fall Esperanto Weekend) is held each year on Columbus Day weekend (early October). The regional event is attended by Esperanto speakers from Ontario, Quebec, New England, and New York, and a large number of the participants are young people -- as many as any of the youth weekends that USEJ has organized, so it might as well be an honorary USEJ event! Any young Esperanto-speakers in the area should definitely come out for this event. The event used to occur in Vermont but has since moved to the Silver Bay retreat center on Lake George in New York. Most of the young participants share a lodge, where they can stay up late chatting and having fun. It's a great atmosphere and with US and Canadian participants (many of them native French-speakers), it's international!
NOREK stands for North East Regional Esperanto Convention. It is a regional event like ARE that attracts participants from western Canada and northwestern US.
The Tut-Kalifornia Kongreso is another regional event that brings together Esperanto-speakers from throughout California.
The Mez-Kanada Renkontiĝo is a spring event that alternates between locations in central Canada -- Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, etc. The weekend-long event is intended as a relaxed, informal gathering for getting to know the location better, through visiting local sites with Esperanto guides. While it is mainly a way to bring Canadian Esperanto-speakers together, many US Esperanto-speakers who live close to the border attend these events and are welcome.
- JES and NAJT
These are irregular events held by USEJ. JES, which stands for Youth Esperanto Weekend, is a regional event to give young Esperanto-speakers a chance to meet, practice speaking, and perhaps plan future activites. JES is held whenever someone announces one! All someone has to do is contact other young speakers in their state, find a place (like a youth hostel) for people to stay, and announce the event. Previous JES's have occurred in the northeast (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Montreal) and one in Washington and one in San Francisco. USEJ encourages members in other regions to try to organize an event!
NAJT stands for Nord-Amerika Junulara Tendaro, or North American Youth Camp-out. It's intended to be larger and less frequent than JES, but it hasn't occurred in a long time. It's a weekend event where young Esperanto-speakers from the US and Canada camp out together in a park or other natural setting. If you have any ideas for where we can hold our next NAJT, let us know!
Most large youth events have concerts of Esperanto musicians, but there are also a couple festivals specifically to bring together performers from around the world for a week of music and fun.
Kultura Esperanto Festivalo is a weeklong summer event held every few years in Scandinavia. It is a showcase for Esperanto performers of all sorts -- music, theater, literature -- though the musicians are probably the biggest draw!
- IF - http://www.internacia-festivalo.de
- PSI - http://www.esperanto.de/psi/
- NASK - http://esperanto.org/nask/
The North American Summer Esperanto Courses for three weeks each summer in San Diego. Stipends are available to help young people attend. There are various levels of courses available, taught by professional instructors.
- AESK - http://aesk.esperanto.org.au/
The Australian Esperanto Summer School is a two week course that occurs each January (summer in Australia).
Somera Esperanto-Studado is an international event organized by the Lernu website that brings young people together to study Esperanto for two weeks. In 2008, the event had 105 participants from 25 countries.
If there are any events that you'd like to see reviewed here, let us know. There is also a list of Esperanto events in the Esperanto Wikipedia.