Welcometo the Joint Esperanto Conference in Edinburgh

The Esperanto Association of Britain and the Esperanto Association of Scotland are combining their national gatherings into a joint one in 2017! Edinburgh hosts the largest Esperanto conference in Britain, the 98th British and 112th Scottish ones. The event runs from Friday, May 19th to Sunday, May 21st.

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The event takes place at The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR. Registration will be possible from 18:00 on the Friday, and the conference itself will start at 18:30. It will close at 17:00 on the Sunday.

Map of the surroundings | A selection of nearby hotels

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Guest speaker: Viktoro Solé

Viktoro was born in Barcelona teaches music there in the Conservatori del Liceu. He learned Esperanto in 2007 and has been teaching it for several years, including at the Somera Esperanto-Studado course in Slovakia. Since 2011 he has published a regular column La blaga blogoin the magazine Kontakto.

Viktoro will present two talks at the conference:

- Why I don't like the music of La Espero: the poem La Espero, written by Ludoviko Zamenhof, bit by bit became the hymn of the Esperanto movement, set to music by Félicien Menu de Ménil (1909). I don't consider this music to be at all appropriate for the hymn of our movement, and so will share with you what I believe to be its melodic, rhythmic and structural problems and, at the same time, propose an example of an alternative version.

- Signing for Esperanto: similar to the aids which musicians use to teach music and based upon a simplified grammar, I will present an idea of how to learn and teach Esperanto with help from a few simple hand gestures.

Contributors Some of the people who will be presenting

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Ian Carter

Comedy Quiz
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Betty Chatterjee

Hygge & uhygge—keys to Danish culture
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The Organisers The team behind the event

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Clare Hunter
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Ed Robertson
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Hugh Reid
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Tim Owen

Charity Quiz

On our opening night we combine a fun ice-breaker with some charity work. We'll be doing it again this year.

We'll split our visitors into small teams and have a friendly competition to see who can score the most points in our quiz.

The winning team's points get converted into a donation to the Universala Esperanto-Asocio's special fund for paying membership costs for people in poorer countries. This is the Fonduso Canuto, named after Giorgio Canuto, a former president of UEA. Last year we raised 220€ for it and had fun doing so. Let's see whether we can beat it this time!

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Group Meal

As has become tradition in recent years, people staying on after the conference has closed will have the opportunity to eat together at a local restaurant on the Sunday evening. This year we will be visiting Amarone restaurant and have reserved the tables for 8pm.

Since this isn't part of the conference itself, it's not included in the conference ticket. The cost is £32.95 for the meal, which you should indicate on the page when signing up. Please note that you must sign up in advance; the restaurant wants final numbers two weeks beforehand and will not accept people turning up on the night.

Amarone's site | Map | Menu

Trip to Abbotsford

The conference finishes on Sunday, May 19 th but not everyone will want or be able to go home immediately. We have something to suggest for the Monday for those of you who are stopping on. Why not take a scenic journey on the relaid Borders Railway and visit Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott?

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First the Borders Railway

... then Abbotsford.

We would suggest meeting at Waverley station at 9am on the Monday, and catching the 09:24 train to Tweedbank. There are usually two trains per hour, and journey time to Tweedbank, the final station on the relaid Borders Railway, is around 55 minutes. The ticket costs £11.20 return full fare or £7.40 for railcard holders.

Abbotsford House, the home of author Sir Walter Scott, is walkable from the station (about 1.5km), but there is a bus connecting with our suggested train's arrival, with costing £1 for a single fare and taking about 5 minutes. Entrance to the house and gardens is currently £8.95, £7.70 for concessions. There's also a "gardens only" ticket.

You could return at your own leisure. The nearby town of Galashiels, 10 minutes by bus from Abbotsford, is also worth a visit and also has a station on the Borders Railway Line.

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Under 25?Then you could participate free!

If you're under 25 and resident in the United Kingdom, then you're eligible to apply for funding from the Norwich Jubilee Esperanto Foundation to get your costs covered (including travel and accommodation) to attend the conference. Contact us prior to booking if you're interested.