Latvia has become the latest country to confirm their participation in Slavianski Bazaar 2018 as the search begins for next years participants.

Aleksandr Sidorenko, the Head of Slavianski Bazaar has confirmed that Latvia will once again participate in Slavianski Bazaar. Latvia’s participation was confirmed earlier this week when Mr Sidorenko was in the country to visit the European Music Center.

Riga will host the final of the Latvian selection process following their successful hosting of the selection for the first time last year. Last year over 200 singers applied to represent Latvia at both the International Pop Song Performers Contest and the Children’s Contest in Belarus. In total 90 people made it through to the live final in Riga, which lasted for over seven hours.

Those wishing to represent Latvia at next years contest in Belarus have from November 1 to submit an application to take part in the Latvian selection process. The final of the Latvian selection will then be held on February 19.

Latvia has a mixed record at the contest having finished within the top five of the International Pop Song Performer’s competition just once. Samanta Tina finished second in the competition in 2012, since participating in Slavianski Bazaar, Samanta has tried to represent Latvia and Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 Latvia failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the final of the International Pop Song Performer’s Contest.

Source: Slavianski Bazaar

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.