Montreal’s Local Congress Committee at the opening of MondaFest’

Dear friends,

As you already know very well, the UK-2020 could not happen due to the global coronavirus pandemic. To give Esperantists the opportunity to speak, listen to lectures, enjoy music and art, and just be together and support each other when most in-person meetings and congresses are cancelled, UEA, in collaboration with E@I and Vinilkosmo, set up a World Festival (MondaFest’ 2020). It is a series of virtual events worldwide that will continue for about 3 months. Many iconic events and congresses will take place as part of MondaFest’ (including Parallel Universe, NASK, IJK, SEP, etc.).

MondaFest’ will begin on June 20 and end on September 20, 2020 – the dates having been chosen with much symbolism. Please note that, on Saturday, June 20 as part of the Summer Opening of MondaFest’, the LKK members of the Montreal UK will have a few minutes to greet participants – this will take place at around 13:00 UTC (9:00 AM in Montreal). We cordially invite you to join and attend this historic event, the first World Esperanto Festival, and also to support the Montreal LKK with your presence – it will be extremely important to us. Participation is free, and there will be some notable contributions from Montreal to this virtual event (including a Canadian Virtual Cinema, lectures, etc.). Note also that, within MondaFest’, the Virtual Congress of Esperanto (VK) will take place between the 1st and the 8th of August 2020 – the dates when the UK 2020 should have occurred in Montreal. Participation in the VK will be free for all UEA members.

More information:

MondaFest’ website: https://mondafest.net/
Program for MondaFest’ at Event Service: https://eventaservo.org/e/mondafest2020
UEA press release about MondaFest’: uea.org/gk/884a1

In friendship,
Montreal’s Local Congress Committee (LKK)

2020 World Esperanto Congress in Montreal postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Last updated: April 14, 2020

MONTREAL (QC), April 14, 2020 – The 105th World Esperanto Congress, scheduled to take place from August 1 to 8, 2020 at the Sheraton Center in Montreal, is postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the World Esperanto Association on April 11 through a press release to the international Esperanto-speaking community, citing the latest restrictions recently disclosed by the Government of Quebec. The Association had already revealed, during the previous week, that the Congress would be postponed to a later date given the worldwide health situation.

“It is of course regrettable, but protecting the health of all is essential,” said Normand Fleury, chairman of the local committee assisting the World Association in its organizational tasks. “Esperanto speakers from Quebec and Canada were eagerly awaiting this Congress, a unique opportunity to meet the diversity of the world through Esperanto and to present the invaluable cultural contribution of this language to the general public.”

The Congress planned a rich program of conferences, artistic presentations and visits to the region to allow Esperanto speakers from around the world to discover the local culture and history. More than 800 people were already registered in early March, five months before the event. “We are however happy to still be able to welcome participants in two years’ time,” added Mr. Fleury. The 2021 Congress has already been planned since last year to be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The first World Esperranto Congress took place in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, in 1905. Until now, only the two world wars had prevented them from taking place. Only one other Congress had been prepared, and could not take place on the scheduled date: that of Paris in 1914, cancelled due to the outbreak of the First World War. As a sign of the times, the Association is planning to hold a fully virtual event this year broadcast worldwide and retaining some of the elements of the classic Congresses.

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About Esperanto

Esperanto, with a 133-year tradition, is a constructed language aimed at bringing nations together and respecting linguistic and cultural diversity. First published in 1887 by its initiator, L. L. Zamenhof, originally from Białystok (present-day Poland), it does not belong to any particular people. The World Esperanto Association is an independent organization which aims to promote the knowledge and use of Esperanto around the world. In addition to the organization of its annual World Congress, the World Esperanto Association is notably in official relations with the United Nations and UNESCO.

Press release issued by the local organizing committee of the 105th World Esperanto Congress: www.esperanto2022.ca. For more information or an interview: info@esperanto2022.ca

UEA plans to postpone the World Esperanto Congress

The World Esperanto Association (UEA: Universala Esperanto-Asocio) plans to postpone the World Esperanto Congress in Montreal due to the coronavirus pandemic. More information (in Esperanto): https://esperanto2022.ca/eo/uea-planas-prokrasti-la-montrealan-uk-on/

How to register for the congress

1) Visit the World Esperanto Association’s (UEA) website: https://uea.org/kongresoj/alighilo

2) Fill out the online registration form.

3) Pay directly with UEA (credit card, wire transfer, UEA account or through KEA). The Canadian Esperanto Association (KEA) can act as intermediary and collect your payment for the Congress: https://esperanto.ca/index.php/language/en/attend-uk-2020/

You can pay your registration fees to KEA by cheque, Interac or PayPal on the esperanto.ca website. Take advantage of the early-bird rebate! Children and young people born after December 31st, 1999, required helpers for people living with a disability, guests or other people with a major contribution (upon agreement with organizers) can register for free. Please note that it is worth becoming a member of UEA (CAD 70) in order to take advantage of the rebate for members. If you register before the end of 2019, make sure you pay your membership for 2019 (and not 2020), so the rebate can apply.

To become a member of UEA, go to: https://uea.org/alighoj/alighilo

Welcome to Montreal!

Happy Holidays from the Local Organizing Committee!

Dear friends,

The very best wishes for a most beautiful end-of-year season as well as a Happy (past) Zamenhof-Day.

As you already know, August 1-8, 2020 Montreal becomes the global capital of Esperanto, hosting the 105th World Esperanto Congress (UK) exactly 110 years after Zamenhof’s famous visit to North America — did you know that he also visited Montreal? Read about it in the special Zamenhof “Riveregero”! I hope you are as proud as I am that our country has been chosen to host the biggest Esperanto event of the year!

As I type this (on December 19, 2019), 353 participants have already registered from 43 countries, and Canada is in second place by numbers of people registered, which actually is a good number because usually, during the first registration period, approximately one third of all participants normally sign up. We expect more than one thousand participants — and we hope that there will be a huge number of us Canadians too. If you are planning to attend (and I certainly hope that all of you members of KEA and ESK will attend), I ask that you sign up now during the first registration period: that is, by December 31, 2019. You should know that the artistic budget is set depending on the number of subscribers in the first period, so that the more registrations that come by the end of December, the richer an artistic program we will be able to have.

Secondly, we are proud to announce a joint program of grants from the KEA, ESK and LKK (Loka Kongresa Komitato). The grant program is aimed at helping youth and persons in need to participate in the UK. There is also some extra money to help with travel costs, and also grants for participants in one of the two short Esperanto courses before the UK (one will be held in Montreal, and one during the ILEI congress in Quebec City). The deadline for grant applications is February 28. Read about the grant program here: https://esperanto2022.ca/eo/stipendioj/

In addition to the courses before the UK, there will be various other arrangements around the UK – Esperanto and non-Esperanto. As you develop your summer plans, consider these arrangements as well, because you may want to come to Montreal a little earlier or stay longer. Read all about it here: https://esperanto2022.ca/eo/eventoj-kursoj-cirkau-uk/  I should also remind you that our southern neighbours are organizing a short seminar to educate people on event organization and to help develop a youth program in Montreal. The event will take place in Chicago between January 17 and 20, 2020, and there is still some space left. Several grants are available for Americans as well as Canadians. Sign up!  http://tinyurl.com/VEK-evento

Organizing the UK is a huge honour, but also a huge responsibility and a huge task for the LKK and its helpers. Consider volunteering during the UK — most of the volunteer work will be needed in the area of administration (to help register people, for example) on Friday, just before the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about volunteering! https://esperanto2022.ca/eo/volontuli-kontribui/

Another important thing — thank you to everyone who has already donated money to the success of the UK. That will really help make our artistic and other programming richer and more beautiful. If you haven’t donated yet, there’s still time to do so. https://esperanto2022.ca/eo/donacu/

The Second Bulletin with all the information on accommodation, pre- and post-congresses and excursions is now in preparation and will be coming soon! If you can afford to stay in the Sheraton Hotel downtown (our convention location), we ask you to do so, because if we occupy a defined quota of the rooms, we will get all the other sites at a better price. If you cannot stay in the Sheraton, there will be many great options, in every price range (including youth hostels). YOU *DO NOT* NEED THE SECOND BULLETIN IN ORDER TO JOIN THE UK, so it’s best to register now, this year! Here is everything about registrations: https://esperanto2022.ca/en/register/

Please don’t hesitate to spread this message to all Esperantists or potential Esperantists! It is important that this message also reaches all Canadian Esperantists, even those who are not necessarily members of KEA and ESK. Note that our site has all the main information not only in Esperanto, but also in French and English, for beginners.

In friendship,

Ĵenja Amis, LKK-Secretary / Communications / KEA Board member

In the Footsteps of Zamenhof in Montréal, Esperanto Capital in 2020

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Esperanto World Language: In the Footsteps of Zamenhof in Montréal, Esperanto Capital in 2020

MONTRÉAL, Québec, December 10, 2019 — Montréal Esperanto speakers—indeed of the whole world—are about to celebrate on December 15th the 160th birthday of Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof (also known as Doktoro Esperanto), the initiator of Esperanto, a constructed international language for the purpose of facilitating communication on an equal footing between peoples of different languages, whose base was published in 1887.

This anniversary takes on special importance this year in the Québec metropolis: the local Esperanto community is making preparations for hosting—from August 1st to 8th, 2020 at the Sheraton Centre—the 105th World Esperanto Congress. Organized by the World Esperanto Association, this is the great annual get-together of Esperantists, each year in a different country.

This Congress will be a first in Québec and the second time in Canada after the 1984 Congress held in Vancouver. The World Esperanto Congresses are one-week events attracting participants from more than 70 countries, all understanding each other—without any interpretation system—thanks to this unique international and fair language. The occurrence of this event in Montréal has already received the support of different personalities, including the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Québec.

It is also the second time only that such a Congress will be held on the eastern coast of North America. The last Congress held in that part of the continent, in 1910 at Washington, D.C., had attracted Zamenhof himself from Europe. He then travelled to Montréal to visit family living there. Besides conferences participants will also have the opportunity—following Zamenhof 110 years later—to discover the city and its surrounding regions with tours organized as part of the Congress activities.

“Zamenhof’s birthday is also the opportunity to inform people in our midst about the singular world phenomenon that is Esperanto,” explains Normand Fleury, president of the local organizing committee. “Furthermore, it is still time to learn the basics of the language! Esperanto can be learned generally easier than other languages,” he adds. There will be courses for beginners in Montréal and Québec City during the days preceding the Congress and several learning methods are available online for free (Lernu.net, Duolingo.com, etc.). “We invite all interested people to try the language because they will have the exceptional opportunity to discover the world of Esperanto right here in Montréal,” explains Mr. Fleury.

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This press release has been released by the Local Organizing Committee of the Esperanto World Congress: www.esperanto2022.ca

For further information and interviews: info@esperanto2022.ca

Passing of the torch from Lahti (Finland) to Montreal for the World Esperanto Congress in 2020

MONTREAL (QC), July 22, 2019 – On July 26, 2019, at the 104th World Esperanto Congress, the symbolic flag of the World Esperanto Congress will be passed from Lahti, Finland to Montreal. The city in Quebec will host the 105th World Esperanto Congress from August 1 to August 8, 2020 at Centre Sheraton. At least one thousand people are expected in attendance in Montreal. The Congress, organized by the World Esperanto Association, is a week-long social and cultural event. It attracts between 1,000 and 3,000 Esperanto speakers from around the world for activities entirely conducted in Esperanto, eliminating language barriers between participants. This will be the first time that the event will be hosted in Montreal and only the second time in Canada.

“It is a tremendous honour for the Esperanto speakers of Montreal, of Quebec, and of Canada to host this exceptional event,” states Normand Fleury, president of the local organizing committee of the Congress. “The organization of this Congress is a testament to the vitality of the language here. Montreal, a unique place within North America in cultural and linguistic terms, was a logical choice for the return of the Congress to our continent.”

The theme of the Congress will be “The UN at 75: Dialogue and understanding in a changing world.” It aims to highlight the contribution of the United Nations to peace and development since its foundation. “Esperanto is also a means of bringing the whole world to Montreal, and providing a glimpse of what a fairer and more inclusive globalization could mean for its peoples. Linguistic democracy needs to be an integral part of our understanding of sustainable development,” says Mark Fettes, a Canadian, outgoing president of the World Esperanto Association.

The Congress will consist of conferences on a variety of subjects, ranging from history to languages and politics, but will also feature visits to local landmarks as well as excursions outside the city to acquaint participants with the region. Notably, participants will have the opportunity to discover Ontario as well as eastern Quebec through trips organized specifically for them.

Esperanto, with a rich tradition spanning 132 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 26 marks the anniversary of the language’s original publication by its initiator, L. L. Zamenhof, a native of Białystok in modern-day Poland.

For a PDF version of this press release, please click here.

Montreal to Host World Esperanto Congress in 2020

Montreal to host 105th World Esperanto Congress in 2020

MONTREAL, QC – The World Esperanto Association has just announced that Montreal will host the 105th annual World Esperanto Congress in 2020. The announcement was made at this year’s Congress in Seoul, South Korea.

The World Esperanto Congress is a week-long cultural event which brings together between 1,000 and 3,000 Esperanto speakers from all parts of the world. It has been held annually since 1905’ with two wartime   interruptions. 2020 will be the first time the Congress has come to Montreal, and only the second time to Canada (after Vancouver, 1984). The Congress was last held in the eastern portion of North America in 1910, when Washington was the host city.

This announcement comes on the heels of Esperanto Day – July 26th – a date when people across the globe celebrate the language, first published 130 years ago in 1887. Esperanto’s inventor, Dr. L.L Zamenhof, was inspired to create the simple and logical language by his experiences of ethnic conflict growing up in Russian-controlled Poland. Zamenhof wanted his language to bridge ethnic and national differences — not by replacing native languages, but by becoming a universally shared common language for people around the world to use.

Esperanto has not only survived but thrived, and today is spoken by an international community which by some estimates numbers two million people. Many Esperantists open their homes to fellow speakers, and a few even raise multilingual children who speak Esperanto as a native language. Online, today’s would-be speakers can study for free with the language-learning app Duolingo, which launched its Esperanto course two years ago. One million people have since used it to start learning the language.

We are excited to be bringing the World Congress back to North America. Hundreds of thousands of North Americans have studied Esperanto online in recent years, through apps like Duolingo,” commented Dr. Mark Fettes, President of the World Esperanto Association and a Canadian, remarking on the significance of this development for the global Esperanto community. “We hope that the Congress will encourage some of them to come and experience the lively atmosphere of our gatherings, where Esperanto is used for everything from music and theatre to university-style lectures and organizational meetings,” he added.

“Montreal welcomes the opportunity to host this large international convention,” commented Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, noting the economic importance of the event for Montreal. “With over a thousand Esperanto speakers coming in 2020 and generating nearly 4,000 room nights, this booking confirms Montreal’s position as North America’s leading host city for global meetings. I am certain that World Esperanto Congress delegates will enjoy every minute of their stay in our creative and vibrant city.”

July 31st, 2017