(Photo by Joana Patita)
BandaLheira, a band from Minde that plays old pop rock (also in Minderico), will represent the endangered language spoken in Minde at the festival Liet International with the song “Baracho ancho Pereira”. Tiago Rodrigues, a teacher of classical piano, also from Minde, will be a member of the jury of Liet International, representing Minderico. The festival will take place on December 12th in Oldenburg (Germany).
The song festival for regional and minority languages Liet International is a Frisian (North of the Netherlands) initiative and was organized 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 regional and minority languages. In 2012, the latest edition of Liet International took place in the Asturian city Xixón/Gijón, in the north of Spain.
In the 2014 edition, there will be 11 acts from 11 different regions in Europe (Portugal, Sardinia, Finland, Friesland, Spain, Scotland, Italy, Russia, Brittany, Wales, Germany) performing their songs in as many different regional and minority languages. For the first time in the history of the festival Minderico will be represented by BandaLheira.
Last year, BandaLheira attended the Endangered Languages Music Festival organized by CIDLeS as one of the activities of ELE 2013 – Endangered Languages in Europe, where they gave their first concert entirely in Minderico.
Good luck BandaLheira!