It is never too late… make your language famous!

MiLaS – what is it all about, many people will ask. Easy: in April our European language campaign “language diversity” organised the first Europe-wide online-language competition for youth and young adults, that focused on linguistic diversity and multilingualism. The emphasis is put particularly on the regional and minority languages of Europe, which should become more attractive and improve their image.

“Show us how beautiful your language(s) are! Show us in a relaxed, cool, funky or emotional way, using self-written poems, sketches or songs, what you are capable of and present your language(s)” – that was we asked for.

From a total number of 30 contributions from 10 countries and in more than 25 languages the 10 most popular videos were selected in the first round by Facebook-users at our social media platform There you can still find all videos. In the second round our jury of six persons from all over Europe had to decide. Based on 8 criteria (e.g. artistic quality, creativity, originality, content, reach) the jury selected the 5 best videos out of the 10 most popular contributions.

The five finalists will now be invited to the prize ceremony in Sønderborg (DK) next Friday and their videos will be presented to the audience in a third round. There will be a poetry slam vote where the audience will decide which will be the three best videos. The winner will get 1000 Euro! The second will get 750 Euro, and the third 500 €!

The competition and prize ceremony are supported by the Region of South Denmark, from funds allocated to celebrate the jubilee of Dybbøl 2014.

The five finalists are:

Name                                                                                        Title                                                   Minority/Language

SAEK serbski widejokružk – in cooperation with “Ignac Fecich & dance company” (DE) Ćek dom (Get home) Upper Sorbs in Germany
Trapp Manuel (DE) Stolz ein Jenischer zu sein Yenish from Germany
Demiraj Lisiana (AL) Ai – He Albanian (Tosk dialect)
Deutsche Schule Pattburg, 7. Klasse (DK) Lasse und Maria German minority from Denmark
Klasse 8. Ludwig Andresen Schule  (DK) Synnejysk kaffeboe German minority from Denmark


We invite you all for the MiLaS prize ceremony at Europe Day, 9 May 2014 at 17:00 hr in Sønderborg (Denmark), which will take place in the concert hall of the Alsion building.

MiLaS press release (PDF), 05.05.2014