The Children’s competition at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar will be held during the two days before the Opening Ceremony.

Contest organisers have confirmed that the Children’s Contest is being held before this years Festival officially gets underway. The competition will take place over two days from July 11 to July 12th, with the winner performing as part of the Opening Ceremony on July 13th. This is a change from tradition, which has seen the contest held during the time that the festival officially takes place.

Alongside the announcement of the dates of the Children’s Contest, the Head Judge for the Children’s Contest was announced as the Russian singer, Varvara. She emerged onto the Russian music scene in 2001 and has gone on to release three albums. She was a surprise star with her debut album, which featured work by relatively unknown singers and producers. In 2005 she attempted to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Letala da pela”, finishing 4th in the national final.

Competing in the International Children’s Music Contest are:

  • Armenia – Eric Mkrtchyan
  • Belarus – Maria Magilnaya
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – Ana Spasojević
  • Bulgaria – Cecil
  • Cuba – Erika Hernandez Gonzalez
  • Estonia – Vladislav Odintsov
  • Finland – Diana
  • Georgia – Helen
  • Greece – Sofia Ioannidou
  • Israel – Tali Kuper
  • Italy – Raphael
  • Kazakhstan – Yerzhan Maxim
  • Kyrgyzstan – Shamil Kyyazov
  • Latvia – Liene Zegele
  • Lithuania – Alana
  • Macedonia – Marija Spasovski
  • Malta – Martina Cutajar
  • Moldova – Maria Cazarinov
  • Russia – Ekaterina Kretova
  • Ukraine – Hanna Komyakova
  • United States – David

Source: BELTA, BELTA

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.