For more pictures, see this photo-album on Esperanto-UK's facebook page.
The Jubilee Library in Brighton was the venue for this year's British Esperanto Congress, from April 17th to 19th. It was attended by around 60 Esperantists - mainly from Britain but a few from further afield. Brighton had previously hosted a British Esperanto congress in 1972, and had hosted a World-wide ("Universala") Esperanto Congress in 1989.
The opening evening's buffet, optional buffet lunches, and a constant supply of tea and coffee meant that there were plenty of opportunities for casual meetings and conversations - in Esperanto. After all, part of the point to attending an Esperanto congress is for the opportunity to hear, use and exercise the language! (But beginners were, of course, welcome, and allowed to speak English where necessary!)
Participants enjoyed a continuous and varied programme of events, talks and activities over the four days, ranging from general interest themes to specialised and technical topics - and all in Esperanto.
The Annual General Meeting of Esperanto-Asocio de Britio received the trustees' and treasurer's report, elected the new Management Committee, and discussed and debated suggestions and comments from the membership. Joyce Bunting was awarded Fellowship of EAB in recognition of her many years' advice and service as Honorary Treasurer to the Association.
The congress was followed by an evening banquet in Zizzi's restaurant, and throughout the weekend, the congress participants used the fine spring weather to enjoy the sights of Brighton.
- Vilĉjo Walker
For news of future British Esperanto Congresses, look out for details on the British Congress website.
- Vilĉjo Walker