Big Shed Conferences, Leicester, 17-19 April 2020 (plus two optional excursion days afterwards)
The 101st Brita Kongreso, the main Esperanto meeting of the year, is coming to the Midlands in one of the country's most historic cities!
You'll be in friendly surroundings at a spacious conference centre with refreshments on hand. Our guest speaker, Stela Besenyei-Merger, is a native speaker of Esperanto and was born in its jubilee year.
Big Shed ConferencesLeicester LE2 7SJ
April 17 - 19, 2020From 6PM on the Friday
Free RefreshmentsHot and cold drinks at the venue
ExcursionsOptional trips after the conference closes
The following guests will be entertaining and informing in Esperanto. Click their names to get some details about their presentations. We'll add more later!
The excursions we're offering, plus a few suggestions for those of you with spare time on your hands and a touch of Wanderlust. If you face limiting circumstances such as mobility problems, we recommend that you check the official webpages to ensure that these excursions are appropriate for you.
Please note that the conference centre is a 20-30-minute walk away from railway station. If you require a taxi, they're easy to find at the railway station. The venue offers free parking if you're a driver.
We have a more detailed map which shows the venue, some hotels, and where the excursions are:
The venue opens on Friday evening, April 17. We open the doors at 6pm and you’re free to register from that point. We spend all day on Saturday, April 18 in the venue. Sunday, April 19 is the last formal day. It starts with an AGM in another location, and resumes at 2pm in the conference centre. The event closes formally at 6pm. It will be followed by an optional group meal at a local restaurant. The Monday and Tuesday are excursion days, the costs of which you will need to pay on top of your main ticket.
There will be a range of presentations, with our special guest, Stela Besenyei-Merger, giving a couple of talks and leading a workshop. Elizabeth Stanley will make sure that you younger participants have fun, and new learners are welcome to join them. The talks will generally last between 45 minutes and an hour, although workshops may take longer. There will be classes of interest to people who are progressing learners (though not for people who don't yet know any Esperanto), an opportunity to buy books, a fun interactive quiz, and more ... all in Esperanto!
The conference ticket is £50, which includes free refreshments and a buffet on the Friday. That's the price whether you stay for the whole event or just sample part of it. We don't offer a day rate.
The ticket price is free for people travelling from overseas, although they will still need to pay the costs of optional extras, such as lunch on the Saturday, the group meal, and the excursions. There is no discount for young people but participants under the age of 25 and who live in the UK are eligible to receive financial support towards their ticket, travel and accommodation. Please contact us prior to booking if you're interested.
It's possible to buy a light lunch for £5.40 from the venue on the Saturday, so that you don't have to leave the venue if you don't want to. (There's a site with a pub and Nando's about a five-minute walk from the venue.) We offer a group meal at a local restaurant on the Sunday evening, and excursions on the Monday and Tuesday. These all have to be purchased separately and aren't included with the ticket price.
The Big Shed conference centre is a 20-30-minute walk from the main railway station. If you have mobility problems, it's easy to get a taxi from the railway station. Most taxi drivers will know 'Big Shed Conferences' if you ask for it but if they don't, you can tell them 'It's off Putney Road' or give them the postcode, LE2 7SJ.
Some of the sessions will be too hard for beginners to follow but we do offer easier sessions for them too. Some of the regular sessions, such as the quiz, will be fine for beginners. We haven't forgotten that we used to be beginners too and will make you feel welcome. If you don't actually know any Esperanto yet, however, we're afraid the event might not be very rewarding for you.
Do you have a question? Feel free to get in touch in Esperanto or English