The construction of the stage and lighting for the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar has begun in Vitebsk, Belarus.

With Slavianski Bazaar 2017 just a few days away, construction of the stage and lighting for this years competition is well underway in Belarus. Work at the venue began this week, with Moscow based Remtal beginning work at the Summer Amphitheater. Work at the venue will continue until the end of this week, after which point the first events and the Children’s Competition will be held.

The Summer Ampitheater has been the venue for Slavianski Bazaar and its competitions since the first edition in 1992. Originally constructed in 1988 to host the Polish Song Festival in Vibetsk, it was only used twice for the competition in 1988 and 1990 before being abandoned following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1992 the venue was renovated and is now capable of holding 5,000 people.

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Source: 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.