Liet International part of Sami Easterfestival 2017 in Kautokeino, Sápmi

Liet International 2017 will be part of the biggest Sámi festival of the north of Europe, the Sami Easterfestival and the Sámi Grand Prix. It will take place on 13 April 2017 in the town of Kautokeino in the north of Norway.

Liet International will be part of the festivities taking place in Kautokeino every year around Easter. The Sámi Grand Prix will take place on Saturday 15 April, on the eve of Easter. And during the week prior to the Easterweekend several other activities are taking place, with many other concerts, including concerts with the typical Sámi joik, reindeer racing and lassoing, with each year about 5.000 visitors during that week.

Both the Samisk musikkfestival, as organisers of the Sámi Grand Prix, and the board of foundation Liet International are very pleased about this opportunity with Liet International being part of a bigger stage and are looking forward to the event.

The call for new songs for Liet International 2017 is now officially opened. Until Monday 30 January 2017 musicians from all over Europe, performing in a regional or minority language can apply for Liet International 2017. They can find further information on the website of Liet International:

Both the winner of Liet 2016 and the winner of Sámi Grand Prix 2016 have already qualified for Liet International 2017, eight more acts will be selected after submitting their song.

The song festival for regional and minority languages Liet International is a Frisian (north of the Netherlands) initiative and was organised for the first time in the capital of Friesland, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden in 2002. Since 2006, the festival travels around Europe and since 2008, under the patronage of the Council of Europe. Liet International attracts each year a lot of media-attention – from BBC to Al Jazeera – and grew to one of the biggest events for the promotion of minority languages. In 2014, the latest edition of Liet International took place in Oldenburg, in the north of Germany.

The Sámi parliament is the biggest financial contributor of this festival. The organisers are very pleased with this!