Rodion Mikhailovich Bass the first Director of Slavianski Bazaar has passed away at the age of 64 following a long illness.
Rodion Bass who directed the first edition of Slavianski Bazaar in 1992. The first edition of the contest saw competitors from Australia, Belarus, Canada, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the United States of America. Mr Bass due to his contribution to culture in Belarus was given the title of, Honoured Worker of Culture of the Republic of Belarus. Despite later having to step back from his role, during his later years at the contest Mr Bass was given the role of Honourary Director of Slavianski Bazaar.
Vlad Sytnik of Ukraine was named the winner of the 26th edition of the International Pop Song Performers Contest earlier this year in Vitebsk, Belarus. Following a tie in the number of points awarded to both Vlad Sytnik of Ukraine and Egor Sharankov of Belarus, the title of Winner of the Grand Prix has not been awarded. The decision was taken after the jury members points from Belarus and Ukraine were removed and the remaining jury votes were calculated. Instead Vlad Sytnik has been awarded First Prize, with Egor Sharankov being given Second Prize.
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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.