Breton band, UKAN has made a call to its fans for help to make sure they can compete at Liet International 2017 next month in Norway.

UKAN who perform in Breton, a Celtic dialect spoken in by around 200,000 people in Brittany in North-West France, need help funding their participation in Liet International 2017. The band is trying to raise 1,250 to cover the cost of travelling to Kautenkio in Northern Norway. Even the amount of money they are trying to raise will not be enough to ensure the entire band can travel to the competition, with 1,250 covering just two and a half members of the group.

As part of their funding plea, the band has set up a page where you can donate money and in return receive a specific prize in return. These range from an EP up to travelling to Norway with the band for Liet International 2017. You can fund UKAN here.

Liet International is to be held this April for the first time since 2014, the contest will be heading to Northern Norway with 10 songs competing in the competition. Liet International was launched in 2002 as a song contest for minority languages across Europe and was held annually until 2014. This years contest will mark the 11th time that the contest has been held.

The contest is being supported by the organisers of Liet International as well as Samisk musikkfestival who are the organisers of the Sami Grand Prix. Furthermore the Sami Parliament are contributing financially to the hosting of the contest. Liet International have now made a call for songs to be submitted for the competition up until January 31.

Submissions to compete in this years contest have been received from:

  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Scotland

Source: UKAN