In Cuba auditions will be held in early February to determine who will represent the country at Slavianski Bazaar 2018 in Vitebsk, Belarus.
For the ninth time Cuba will be holding a selection process to determine who will represent the country at Slavianski Bazaae 2018. Alberto Loreydis Pérez Zamora, Head of Delegation for Latin America & the Caribbean has confirmed that auditions will be held in Cuba in early February, with a date and location to be confirmed closer to the time.
At the end of October Alberto Loreydis Pérez Zamora made a formal call for applications for singers from across Latin America and the Caribbean. For the Cuban selection process singers aged between 18 and 30, as well as 7 to 12 years old are invited to take part in the selection process.
In 2017 Cuba participated in the Children’s competition for the first time, while the country failed to make it through to the final of the International Pop Song Performers Contest. Cuba made their first appearance at Slavianski Bazaar in 2010, to date the country has not made it through to the top five in the final.
Source: Alberto Loreydis Pérez Zamora
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Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.