The line-up of 20 participants of the 13th edition of Liet International 2020 on 3 and 4 April 2020 in Apenrade/Aabenraa, Denmark is set. 45 songs were submitted for Liet International 2020, the song festival for regional and minority languages. These 45 songs show a huge rise in applications, and showing a growing interest in Liet International.
A selection jury consisting of Anneke Holwerda (The Netherlands), chairman of the jury at Frisian song festival Liet 2019, Laura Fosten (United Kingdom), member of the Cornish band The Rowan Tree, winner of Liet International 2018, and Uffe Iwersen (Denmark), culture consultant at Bund Deutscher Nordschleswiger, the organisers of Liet International 2020, had to listen to all the songs and they had the hard task to make a selection.
The line-up is very divers again. Both in different regional and minority languages and in music styles, from easy listening and jazz to (indie) rock.
The 20 participants are, in alphabetical order:
|Mein kleines Lied
|Spal bomo če smo hin
|Oll ‘Vel Onen
|Cornish (United Kingdom)
|Manx Gaelic (Isle of Man)
|Buten an’t Meer
|Low German (Germany)
|Waje de Litt
|Luis Nuñez y los Folganzanes
|Tengo un sitiu pa ti
|Marcas Mac an Tuairneir le Bogha-frois
|Scottish Gaelic (Scotland)
|Heligoland Frisian (Germany)
|La fina línia
|South Sami (Sweden)
|Do bist frij
|Frisian (The Netherlands)
Liet International 2020 is a bit different from earlier editions. 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, Apenrade/Aabenraa.
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 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. You can find more information on the German minority and the German-Danish border region here: www.bdn.dk & www.nordschleswig.dk
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.