As Hélia Correia said at interview with ‘Sermos Galiza’, galicians are looking to Portugal, meanwhile portuguese people are looking to Europe.
A few days ago, I started to see some publications on the social networks about the next spanish candidature for Eurovision 2018. Why not sending something in galician?– they said. And it is a good question, we must show galician culture to everyone worldwide.
If we are firstly looking to Portugal with admiration, we should look to ourselves after that, to ask what we can do to show our culture. Portugal reached this by participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. Galiza has already been part of the Festival; in 2003, Verónica Codesal, daughter of two galician inmigrants in Belgium, represented this country with her group called Urban Trad and the song Sanomi. Belgium reached the second place with 165 points, the winner, Turkey, had just 167. Many people, specially from Galiza, could identify some folk details in the song.
That shows that the galician culture and the galician folk has something to do at the Eurovision. Singing in English is not mandatory, because Eurovision believes in diversity, also in the linguistic one. In Galiza, there barely are eurofans that believe that Galiza is a nation, that defend the galician culture and language before other aspects. Anyway, as a region, Galiza can show to the planet how it is.
Galiza has to follow the example that Kosovo is. Kosovo, that is a partially recognised contry, cannot take part at Eurovision, because many countries from the EBU (such as Spain, Serbia or Bosnia) do not recognise Kosovo as a country; however, they participate at Albania’s National Final to show Europe how they are. That is what the galician artists should do. Winning spanish, or portuguese, or belgian… National Final to show Galiza to the World.
This article does not pretend anything but motivate the galician artists to move their music along to Lisbon. Cultural and linguistic bonds, would make galician music look better at Lisbon.