It appears that the Turkvision Song Contest has been delayed until the March of 2017, following a lack of information for months.

According Negiat Sali who has worked with the Romanian Delegation at the contest, the Turkvision Song Contest 2016 has been delayed until March of next year. Mr Sali was the jury member for Romania at last years contest in Istanbul, and has been involved in the selection of both the Bala Turkvision and Turkvision 2016 entrants this year.

Mr Sali states that the contest will be held in Antalya, Turkey in March of next year. According to sources we have contacted it appears now highly likely that the contest will be taking place in March. This follows months of silence from the contests organisers, stemming from the turmoil in Turkey following an attempted coup in July. This would be the first time that the Turkvision Song Contest has been delayed since its launch in 2013.

To date one region has withdrawn from the Turkvision Song Contest due to ongoing delays. Khakassia a region of the Russian Federation withdrew from the contest due to a lack of information from contest organisers. It is not known if discussions will take place with the region to ensure that they will take to the stage in March.

To date the following countries and regions have confirmed their participation in the contest:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bashkortostan (Russian Federation)
  • Belarus
  • Crimea
  • Gagauzia (Moldova)
  • Germany
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kumyk (Russian Federation)
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Cyprus
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Sandzak (Serbia)
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
  • Sweden
  • Tatarstan (Russian Federation)
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Yakutia (Russian Federation)

The contest organisers are yet to formally confirm any information with regards to this years contest, an announcement is expected during this month regarding the contest.

Source: Negiat Sali

The Turkvision Song Contest was first held in 2013 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. The contest which is open to Turkic nations and regions such as Turkey, Kazakhstan and Yakutia. The contest follows a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, with songs limited to being 4 minutes long. To date Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have won the contest.