The organisers of Slavianski Bazaar have announced that selections for the contest are being held in fourteen countries across the globe.
The United Kingdom, Kazakhstan and Israel are among the nations that will hold qualifying rounds for Slavianski Bazaar 2019. This year will also see the first qualifying round where singers from multiple nations will take part in the show. The selection in Riga, Latvia will select singers from Estonia, Germany, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden.
The United Kingdom is for the first time holding a selection process for the contest, with two days of auditions taking place in London at the start of March. Overall 14 countries will play host to qualifying rounds for the contest.
The dates and locations of the qualifying rounds are:
- December 15, 2018 – Havana, Cuba – Selection for Cuba, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina
- February 8 to 9 – Sofia, Bulgaria
- February 10 – Chisinau, Moldova
- February 16 – Yerevan, Armenia
- February 16 – Almaty, Kazakhstan
- March 2 to 3 – London, United Kingdom
- March 2 to 3 – Batumi, Georgia
- March 12 – Warsaw, Poland
- March 16 – Riga, Latvia – Selection for Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Finland and Sweden
- First half of March – Kyiv, Ukraine
- First half of March – Valletta, Malta
- First half of March – Bat Yam, Israel
- Last half of March – Moscow, Russia
- Last half of March – Orsha, Belarus
What is 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.
Source: Slavianski Bazaar