Kazakhstan has become the latest nation to confirm their participation in the 26th annual Slavianski Bazaar in Vibetsk, Belarus.

Kazakhstan has confirmed that they will be participating in Slavianski Bazaar 2017, with the country selecting their participants on February 26. The selection will be held in Almaty, the largest city and former Capital of Kazakhstan.

In recent years Kazakhstan has become a dominant force in the contest gaining their first victory in the International Pop Song Performers Contest in 2015. Dimash Kudaibergen won the contest in 2015 setting off the young Kazakh performers career and making him a celebrity back home. He has gone on to participate in the ABU TV Song Festival 2015 and is currently competing a Chinese TV singing competition.

Marjane Arapbaeva was the first singer from Kazakhstan to place within the top five at the contest when she finished fourth in 2004. In 2016 Adam finished in second place in the International Pop Song Performers Contest, losing out to Alexey Gross from Belarus.

In the Children’s Contest Kazakhstan also has one victory, in 2015 the night before Dimash was crowned the winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest, Luiza Nurkuatava won the Children’s Contest.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in this years contest:

  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russia
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.