Only a few days before the 12th edition of Liet International will take place in Leeuwarden-Ljouwert, in Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands. Creative Hotspot Neushoorn is the place to be in the evening of Wednesday 23 May. Doors open at 20.00 o’clock and the festival starts at 20.30 o’clock. Presentors Willem de Vries and Maeike de Jong are looking forward to the evening.
The first participants arrive on Sunday, the last once’s on Tuesday evening. So it will be some busy days rehearsing and sound-checking.
In stead of the regular 9 or 10 acts, this year, 14 acts will play on Wednesday. Several languages were not represented at Liet International before. Who will play at Liet International 2018 XXL? Below the list:
- Afro-Carib Ensemble, Sranan Tongo
- Billy Fumey, Franco-Provençal
- Evgenia Udalova, Komi
- Familia Caamagno, Galician
- Gerda Stevenson & Kyrre Slind, Scots
- Inger Karoline Gaup & band, Sami
- Jenne Decleir, Aantwaarps
- Luko Reinders, Frisian
- Nastasia Zürcher, Galician
- Pira, Aromanian
- Stonecrobs, Frisian
- The Rowan Tree, Cornish
- Whyte, Scottish Gaelic
- Zaman, Bashkir
If you want to get some more information about the different participants, look at our website for short biographies.
Some of the participants will also perform on other stages, for instance Billy Fumey will play at MeM – livingroom of languages on Monday 21 May at 15 o’clock. Gerda Stevenson and Kyrre Slind will play at the same location on Thursday 24 May, also at 15 o’clock. Some others will play at the NHL Stenden Hogeschool on Thursday, during lunchbreak. And some will play in the citybusses of Arriva, also around lunch on Thursday.
Ljouwert-Leeuwarden is the home of the Frisian song festival Liet and birthplace of Liet International. We are very pleased Liet International 2018 XXL is part of the activities during LF2018, where Ljouwert/Leeuwarden and the whole region of Friesland is cultural capital of Europe in 2018.
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 2017, the latest edition of Liet International took place in Kautokeino, Sápmi, in the north of Norway.
You can find more information on LF2018 and all the activities that are taking place here: https://www.friesland.nl/en/european-capital-of-culture