“First, I have to touch to imagine what is observed (…) you have to imagine to be able to look, with another vision, which is absent. You have to dream, fly, imagine to be able to observe what others can see just by looking “, sings the young Laura Diepstraten, winner of the first edition of the International Low Vision Song Contest at just 14 years old, sitting at the piano and with an infinite tenderness and sincerity in his voice.

Deep streets es blind from birth, studies 3rd year of ESO at the IES Mar Serena in Pulpí, and 3rd degree professional piano at the Narciso Yepes Conservatory in Lorca (Murcia), and his “emotionality” when describing how blind people see and live in Another vision has conquered thousands of people who have proclaimed her the winner being the youngest participant among the 17 candidates, according to the ONCE.

Unlike her rivals, the young woman from Pulpí presented her naked song of arrangements and technical retouching to the contest, just with his voice and his piano, to focus on the strength of the message. The singer, who was accompanied by her parents, sister and maternal grandparents, burst into tears together with his relatives when his victory was known and he assured that “I did not expect it, it is wonderful”, in addition to admitting that he has surely received the votes of Spain and the Netherlands, where his father and paternal grandparents are from .

At the end of his time at the festival, which has not been his first musical experience since with only eight years he won the ONCE Musical Contest in the soloist mode, for his interpretation of the song of Malú Black and white, and with 11 he participated in the program The voice Kids As a contestant on Rosario Flores’ team, the winner of the first Euro-Low Vision foresees add new instruments and add arrangements to produce a new version of Another vision.

Of the 7,247 votes cast, the song of the Spanish representative added 1,980, 27.32% of the total, followed by Turkey, played by Burak Boztek, with 22% of the votes; Cyprus, with The Light, which accounted for 8% of the votes, and Lithuania, with The Wind Rose, which was in fourth position.

This first edition of the Euro-Low Vision has summoned established artists, mostly with a professional musical path, of very different styles, that have had very elaborate arrangements of a great artistic quality, accompanied in addition to videos very produced in the manner of Eurovision that they have used to promote their cities or countries.

The gala, which featured the participation of the Italian singer, musician, producer and writer Andrea Bocelly and the british singer-songwriter Andrea Begley During the voting, it has been organized by the German Association of Blind and Severely Visual Impaired People, in collaboration with Views International of Belgium and ONCE.

The final could be seen through YouTube and it was followed by an average of a thousand people from the participating countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Leadership symbol

The president of ONCE and the ONCE Social Group, Miguel Carballeda, has congratulated the brand new winner immediately after the results are published, transferring his pride for the example he has given to all of Europe on behalf of all of Spain.

“You have become a symbol of Spain’s leadership in Europe”, Carballeda told him.

Also the territorial delegate of the ONCE in Andalusia, Ceuta and Melilla, Cristóbal Martínez, has expressed his emotion for the triumph that Diesptraten has given to Spain. “Is he triumph of effort, simplicity, beauty, youth and talent, a pride for all Andalusians, “he wrote on his social networks.

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