MINORITY LANGUAGES EUROVISION WINNER
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
Lleuwen Steffan, representing the French historical region of Brittany, won the Liet international 2012, the Minority languages Eurovision. Born in Wales, Lleuwen Steffan chose to live in Brittany and to sing in Britton. She won in Gijón, in the Principality of Asturias, in Spain, the 2012 Liet international with the song “Ar goulou bev”.
Liet International was invented and developed in 2002 to give modern bands who sing in a minority language a stage. In ten years time Liet International has grown to be a multilingual alternative of the Eurovision Song Contest, with the main difference that singing in English is strictly prohibited. Liet International is organised by the Frisian foundation Liet International in close collaboration with its European partners.
This year, in Gijón, 11 out of 35 participants qualified for the big final during which Asturian, Basque, Britton, Catalan, Corsican, Frisian, Friulian, Sami, Scots, Sicilian and Udmurt languages could be heard. English may be strictly prohibited in Liet international but some of these minority languages are quite often heard on the Eurovision Song Contest stage! To name a few, Andorra 2005 to 2009; France 1993, 1996, 2011 or Russia 2012!