Ladin is a Romance language spoken mainly in the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy. It is one of the five official languages of the Italian autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. Despite its relatively small number of speakers, there is a vibrant cultural scene in Ladin, including music and radio broadcasting.
One of the most popular musical artists using the Ladin language is the singer-songwriter Simon Stricker, also known as "Iberia." He has released several albums in Ladin, blending traditional and contemporary styles. Another well-known Ladin musician is the composer and pianist Riccardo Zanella, who has written works for solo piano as well as chamber and orchestral ensembles.
In terms of radio stations, there are a few options for listeners of Ladin-language programming. Radio Gherdëina is a local radio station based in Val Gardena, a Ladin-speaking valley in the South Tyrol region of Italy. It offers news, music, and cultural programming in Ladin, as well as Italian and German. Another radio station, Radio Ladina, broadcasts in Ladin from the town of Falcade in the Veneto region of Italy. It offers a mix of music and talk shows in the Ladin language, as well as Italian. Finally, Radio Dolomiti Ladinia is a community radio station based in the province of Belluno, in the Veneto region. It offers programming in Ladin, as well as Italian and other languages, and focuses on local news and culture.
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