MONTREAL (QC), June 6, 2022 – It is less than three months now until the World Esperanto Congress, which will take place at UQAM from August 6 to 13, 2022. Nearly a thousand participants are expected. Through the World Esperanto Congress, Montreal will welcome delegates from dozens of countries around the world, communicating in a neutral language aimed at respecting linguistic and cultural diversity. Esperanto is a constructed language for international communication, first published by L. L. Zamenhof, a native of present-day Poland, in 1887. Montreal will have the honour of welcoming Margaret Zaleski-Zamenhof, great-granddaughter of L. L. Zamenhof, who speaks Esperanto fluently and will officially represent the Zamenhof family.
Esperantists visiting Montreal will have the opportunity to discover the country in all its diversity, including its many indigenous cultures. The Congress will in fact deal with the theme: “Language, Life, Land: the Decade of Indigenous Languages”, with reference to the Decade of Indigenous Languages declared by UNESCO for the period 2022-2032. Congress attendees, in partnership with the indigenous Festival Présence taking place the same week, will be invited to take part in the Parade of Nations in downtown Montreal.
The presence of so many Esperanto speakers in Montreal is an opportunity for the Montreal population to discover the international, open – yet often overlooked – culture, which has been nurtured by Esperanto for over 130 years with its music, books, magazines, and more. Beginners’ courses will be offered ahead of the Congress for people wishing to improve their knowledge of Esperanto before participating.
The World Esperanto Congress has already received the support of several local personalities: journalist and author Jean-Benoit Nadeau, the Huron-Wendat historian Georges Sioui, founder of the First Peoples’ Festival André Dudemaine, musician Yves Desrosiers (who released a show in Esperanto in 2020), filmmaker Matthew Rankin, author Claudia Larochelle, singer Bïa and artist Chlag.
“The year 2022 is an opportunity for renewal: Montreal will host the first in-person World Esperanto Congress since 2019, and we have managed to create many links with local stakeholders, including indigenous ones. These links forged between cultures are at the heart of the Esperanto project.” – Duncan Charters, President of the World Esperanto Association.
“It is an honour to represent the Zamenhof family at the first World Esperanto Congress held since the pandemic. I am also happy that it takes place in a city where other members of the Zamenhof family lived at the beginning of the 20th century.” – Margaret Zaleski-Zamenhof, physician and French Esperantist, great-granddaughter of L. L. Zamenhof.
À propos de l’espéranto
Esperanto, with a rich tradition spanning 134 years, is a language developed to foster mutual understanding between peoples and respect for linguistic and cultural diversity. It does not belong to any people or country in particular. July 26th marks the anniversary of the language’s original publication, in 1887, by its initiator, L. L. Zamenhof, a native of Białystok in modern-day Poland.
À propos de l’Association mondiale d’espéranto
The World Esperanto Association is an independent organization which aims to promote its knowledge and use throughout the world. In addition to organizing its annual World Congress, it maintains official consultative relations with the UN and UNESCO.
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