The winners of Suns Europe 2016

Grand finale on the 3rd of December.
The winners of the music section were Steso (Faer Oer) and Veronika Ucholik (Chukotka). The documentary ‘Sume – Mumisitsinerup Nipaa’ and the catalan writer and musician Xavi Sarrià received the other Suns Europe Awards


Like last year, even better than last year. The second edition of Suns Europe, the European Festival of minority languages – which took to Udine (Friuli, Italy), from the 1st to the 3rd of December, a refined selection of musical, film and literary expressions of Eurpean minorities and nationalities – was a great success both in terms of quality of the artistic proposals which were presented and of the participation of the public, which was even larger than in 2015.


Europe in Friuli and Friuli in Europe

The Festival was organised by Radio Onde Furlane / Informazione friulana, with the support of ARLeF (Agjenzie Regjonâl pe Lenghe Furlane, Regional Agency for the Friulian Language) and of the autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia; and with the collaboration of the cooperative Puntozero and other local and European entities and institutions.
For three days, it offered a rich and diversified flow of proposals: short and feature films from the Basque countries, Ireland, Sàpmi, Friuli, Greenland and Sardinia, live music from Galicia, Far Oer, Chukotka, Chakassia and Brittany, meetings and special events. Amongst these were ‘Scuele Europe’ (School Europe), a concert-lesson for secondary school students on the importance of lingustic and cultural divesity as an asset, a right and an opportunity; and “Suns Doc”, dedicated to the gastronomic tradition of minorities.
Suns Europe was also a showcase for a number of productions “Made in Friuli”. From the new “afrofriulian” novel by Stiefin Morat/Stefano Moratto, ‘Kebar Krossé’, to the mockumentary ‘Friûl Revolution’ by Marco D’Agostini and I Cjastrons; ‘Donald dal Tiliment’, a cura di Teatro Sosta Urbana, and from ‘Int/Art’ by Dorino Minigutti and Giorgio Cantoni, to ‘Brez Mej’ by Giovanni Chiarot, the multilingual and multicultural profile of Friuli – where four languages are spoken (Friulian, Slovenian, German and Italian) – came out in a creative form.


The grand finale on Saturday 3rd December

The Festival found its perfect conclusion in the colourful and exciting night of the 3rd of December. On the stage of the crowded theatre “Teatro nuovo Giovanni da Udine”, the ten competitors for the final prize – the hip hop group form Far Oer Steso, the Galitian band Familia Caamagno, the Breton rocker Brieg Guerveno, the Siberian performer Gurude, the comedian Rory McGrath, the Frisian singer and songwriter Norma, the young Ladin hard rock quartet Berdon from Fassa Valley, besides the forementioned Doro Gjat, Imlé e Veronika Usholik – presented their musical creations. It was a mix of sounds, music, rythms and styles. The show was topped by the brilliant performance of the two hosts – the Friulian-Slovenian couple Renato Rinaldi and Karolina Cernic – and by the live painting by Cosimo Miorelli, also graphic designer of the poster of Suns Europe, who charactierised in visual terms the performance of each group or soloist on the screen beyond the stage.


And the winners are…

After the show, the public and the judging panel had the task to choose the winners of the music competiton. And in both cases it was not an easy one, given the variety and the high quality level of the performances. The panel of experts awarded the final prize to Steso, «for their voices, sharp as electric razors, yet sweet and inspiring; for the sounds, as deep as oceans, and the distant atmospheres, and the warmth they brought to Udine from their northern lands». The popular vote went to the expressive power and the vocal talent of Veronika Usholik, while the other two podium positions went to Gurude and Berdon.
The prizes for the cinema and literature section, which were also in the programme, were awarded to the Greenlandic film ‘Sume – Mumisitsinerup Nipaa’ by Inuk Silis Hoegh – an intense documentary which retraces the experience of the first band in Greenland singing in inuti language between 1973 and 1976 -, and to Xavi Sarrià, for his work as an author in Catalan.