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Sydney Language Festival 2013

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Free 3 hour parking is available at the Macquarie shopping centre

The Esperanto Federation of New South Wales kindly invites you to be part of Sydney Language Festival which will be held at Macquarie University on Saturday, 1 June 2013.

SLF 2013 will a day of celebration of cultural diversity in Sydney which will take place 1st June @ Macquarie University, North Ryde. Free tickets available at

Getting to Macquarie University Map Parking

The purpose of the Language Festival is to profoundly inform the interested public about the different languages and show how great is the variety of languages in the world. Language festivals also try to demonstrate that all languages in the world are equally important and valuable and that there should be no "major" and "minor" languages.


All languages of SLF will be presented in thirty minute segments, covering both its linguistic and cultural aspects. Several language lessons will be given at any one time (the so-called “language parallels”), so each visitor can tailor their experience.

Languages and presenters

Chinese – Dr Hui Ling Xu, Senior Lecturer, Chinese Studies, Macquarie University, and Ms Angeline Guo, Associate Lecturer, Chinese Studies, Macquarie University

Croatian – Mr Luka Budak, Senior Lecturer, Head of Croatian Studies, Macquarie University

English -Mr J Marc Schmidt, Australian writer and artist.

Esperanto -Mr Trevor Steele, Australian author, linguist and historian, and Mr Richard Delamore

Fitusa – Dr Alan Libert, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle

French – Ms Flore Pouquet, French Studies, Macquarie University

German - Ms Susann Schuster, German Studies, Macquarie University

Ancient Greek – Dr Trevor Evans, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University

Modern Greek - Dr Elizabeth Kefallinos, Lecturer, Head of Modern Greek Studies, Macquarie University

Hindi/Urdu - Dr Gregory R. Cooper, Australian linguist

Hungarian – Sandor Horvarth, president of Australian Esperanto Association

Italian – Mr Emilio Lomonaco, Associate Lecturer, Italian Studies, Macquarie University

Japanese - Dr Mio Bryce, Program Coordinator for Japanese Studies, Macquarie University

Korean – Ms Kyung-mi Cho (Joanne Turvey), Australian esperantist

Kalasha - Dr Gregory R. Cooper, Australian linguist

Latin - Dr Trevor Evans, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University

Old Norse - Prof John Stephens, Department of English, Macquarie University

Polish - Mr Andrzej Siedlecki, Polish Studies, Macquarie University

Portuguese – Mr Louis Bizin, Macquarie University

Russian - Dr Marika Kalyuga, Senior Lecturer, Head of Russian Studies, Macquarie University, and Dr Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya,  School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW

Spanish - Dr Jane Hanley, Associate Lecturer, Spanish Studies, Macquarie University

Volapük, Interlingua, Klingon... - Mr Jonathan Cooper, freelance speaker, writer and consultant in art museum education.

SLF Concert

At the end of festival will be held the concert where songs in different languages (English, Esperanto, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Ukrainian) will be performed.

On Friday 31 May 2013 at 6 pm in Esperanto House (143 Lawson Street, Redfern), our guest, Australian author, linguist and historian, Trevor Steele, will present his new novel "As Though Everything Depended On Me". This is the story of a journalist between the wars as he is appalled by the rising tide of chauvinism that must lead to another war and tries to raise his voice against the wave of barbarism he witnesses in Germany.

"Journalists, if they are courageous and competent, are among the strongest defenders of democracy. No tyrannical regime can tolerate them, so their profession is one of the most dangerous. This is the story of a courageous and competent German journalist, Kurt Lenz, who survived the horrors of the First World War and later struggled against every form of militarism. He felt personally responsible for preserving peace, and he was among the first victims of the monstrous Nazi regime."

Trevor has already had a dozen novels published in the international language Esperanto along with translations into many other national languages. Three of his books recently featured Top Ten Best Sellers list for Esperanto.

This is free event! So don’t miss this opportunity to meet Trevor Steele.

SLF 2013, Day 2

Some presentations of our guests are not “in format” of the festival. But we will have chance to see the presentations next day, on Sunday 2 June, at Esperanto House (143 Lawson Street, Redfern). We called this day "SLF 2013, Day 2"


12 pm - 12:50 pm - Trevor Steele: "History of Esperanto literature"

1 pm - 1:50 pm     - Sandor Horvath: "Discussion about future of AEA"

2 pm - 2:50 pm     - Richard Delamore: "Esperanto proverbs"

3 pm - 3:50 pm     - Greg Cooper: "Global language awareness"

4 pm - 4:50 pm     - Jonathan Cooper: "Constructed languages: history, theory and practice"


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