A Guide To International Esperanto Events
So let's say you're working your way through the Duolingo course or might even be finished (like I did today) and now you're looking to use Esperanto. I would definitely recommend that you go to an international event where you can have a lot of fun, make friends and of course improve your Esperanto.
However, I remember before I went to my first event that I was incredibly nervous and had no idea what to expect. What happens at Esperanto events? Are they worth the time and money? To help give you an idea, I wrote a blog post about some common features of most Esperanto events.
If you do decide to go, there are dozens of different events to choose from. So I wrote a guide to help you sort through the alphabet soup of events and see which one is best suited for you.
While I've been to a few events, there are other people here much more experienced than me. Hopefully other people can share their experiences in the comments and add anything I forgot. There's also some events I haven't been to so maybe some other people can comment on what they are like. If you have any questions about the events, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer.
Hope this helps.
Kultura Esperanto-Festivalo (KEF). It does not happen every year. Always in Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Finland so far).
Next one is scheduled for 2016-07-05 - 10. https://www.facebook.com/events/1646508095625181/
Find a documentary about the KEF 2005 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r_cfZgre-4
This may not be a suitable event for absolute beginners but if you are interested in Esperanto culture, go for it! The usual one-week-long events are like very special holidays: When they are over, they are over. If you are even remotely creative, this can inspire you for years.
If you like to take a look at Esperanto culture but one week is too much, try out the ArKonEs (Artaj Konfrontoj en Esperanto) in Poznań, Poland. Always at the end of September (this year 25th-27th), this is a weekend packed so full that there are no official breaks for eating. You just have to select what you want to miss!
I usually go by train from Berlin (there is a direct rapid train, ~3 hours) but others have told me that you can fly as well.