(VOV) - The 97th World Congress of Esperanto (UK 97) will be hosted by Vietnam for the first time from July 28 to August 4, announced a press briefing in Hanoi on July 27.
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The congress is expected to attract more than 900 delegates from 62 countries and territories around the world, including France, Japan, Brazil, Poland and the Netherlands.
The week-long event includes seminars, cultural exchange, and music and dance performances to feature the theme “Esperanto – Bridge for Peace, Friendship and Development”.
Nguyen Van Loi, President of the Vietnam Esperanto Association (VEA), said UK 97 will be an opportunity for Vietnam to contribute to the global Esperanto movement.
He thanked the global Esperanto association’s support for Vietnam’s past struggle for national independence and freedom, as well as its current national development process.
Loi revealed that VEA members have translated and published “ Dang Thuy Tram Diary ” about a young soldier’s memories during the war and “ Truyen Kieu ” (The Tale of Kieu) - one of the most significant works of Vietnamese literature written by famous poet Nguyen Du more than 200 years ago - into Esperanto language. The Esperanto version of these works are current listed in the East-West collection coded No.48, he added.
Esperanto version of Dang Thuy Tram Diary
Meanwhile, the International Youth Congress of Esperanto (IJK 68) will also take place in Hanoi from August 5-11 as the biggest annual meeting of young esperantists in the world.
The event aims to further promote Esperanto language create a closer link among young speakers from all over the world.
|Dr Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof published the basis of what became the international language Esperanto in Warsaw, Poland in 1887 with aim to create an easy-to-learn and politically neutral language that transcends nationality. Esperanto has now become a popular international language throughout the world. |
The Vietnam Esperanto Association was founded in 1957, and has made significant contributions to the development of the Esperanto-speaking community.