Liet International 2020 will be one of the official activities during the celebration of the 100 years existence of the border between Denmark and Germany as well as the 100th anniversary of the German minority in Nordschleswig/Denmark.
Liet International 2020 takes place on 3 and 4 April 2020 in Gazzværket, which is a popular concert- and nightclub (www.gazzvaerket.dk) in the city of Apenrade/Aabenraa in the south of Denmark.
Liet International 2020 will be organised in cooperation with Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger (BDN), the umbrella organisation of the German minority in Denmark.
North of the Danish-German Border in North Schleswig live 15.000 people who belong to the German minority. The German minority in North Schleswig maintains its own schools and a wide spectrum of social and cultural institutions and serves as a vital bridge between the German and Danish cultures.
The call for new songs for Liet International 2020 is now officially opened. Until Thursday 31 October 2019 musicians from all over Europe, performing in a regional or minority language can apply for Liet International 2020. They can find further information on the website of Liet International: https://liet-international.com/
Liet International 2020 is a bit different from earlier editions. 20 acts will be selected and invited to travel to Denmark. On Friday 3 April all 20 acts will perform on stage for an audience and jury. 10 of them get selected to the big final on Saturday evening 4 April. Both shows are in Gazzværket.
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 2018, the latest edition of Liet International took place in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands.