PKN (Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat), a Finnish band whose members have intellectual disabilities and autism, is competing against 17 other bands for a chance to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Band members Pertii Kurikka, Sami Helle, Kari Aalto and Toni Valitalo, who first met at a workshop run by adults with intellectual disabilities, would like to raise awareness and support the development of services for people with Down’s Syndrome.
This will not be the band’s first time on camera. In 2009, PKN released a movie called The Punk Syndrome, to show others how people with disabilities can use music to express themselves and to voice their daily struggles. The Punk Syndrome was highly acclaimed, winning the Audience Award at the Tampere Film Festival in 2012, as well as the Jussi Award for the best documentary film in 2013. The movie was also deemed as the most innovative feature film at the Visions du Réel film festival in Switzerland in 2012.
You can hear the song PKN is competing with here.