posted 24 Feb 2014
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Bed-In at the Bluecoat: Esperanto ce la enlitigo (Esperanto at the Bed-In)
Esperanto shares John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s aims of world peace and international harmony It was born out of hope and idealism that by speaking an international language, people would rise above nationality to communicate on an equal footing.
During the day artist Melissa Bliss was joined by people from the Liverpool and South Lancashire Esperanto groups. We had many conversations with visitors about Esperanto, its culture and place in the world. It was a very international day, with people from many countries taking part.
Esperanto is a very expressive language with a rich culture of poetry, plays, radio stations - and now blogs, websites, Facebook and Twitter conversations. It may have a similar number of speakers as Welsh but they are scattered across the world. Esperanto has always been strong in Liverpool with Liverpool University in the past having a lecturer in Esperanto.
Esperanto allows people to meet on equal terms and their nationality becomes less important. If people are speaking English to each other non-native speakers are at a disadvantage.
Conversations covered Esperanto or English as the best international language, what people have gained from learning Esperanto, Esperanto’s culture, language learning in schools and all points in between. Lots of people during the day said they would meet up again online e.g. on Facebook.
Photographs from the day can be found on Melissa Bliss’s site www.livingcinema.org
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