The Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan has confirmed that Turkvision 2017 will be held in August in Astana.
At a press conference held last week, the Ministry of Culture and Sports confirmed that the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 will be held at the end of August in Astana. The Ministry of Culture and Sports is currently organising over 700 different events as part of hosting EXPO 2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan. Among those events is the fourth edition of the Turkvision Song Contest.
The contest is currently scheduled to take place on August 29 and August 31, however it is likely that these dates will be changed as the competition currently falls on a Tuesday and Thursday night. The venue for this years contest is the Saryarka Velodrome. The Velodrome opened in 2011 and has a capacity for 9,270 people in its current format. This figure is likely to be reduced by the need to construct a stage for the competition. The venue is owned and managed by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan who are responsible for organising this years contest in Astana.
A total of fourteen nations and regions have confirmed that they will be participating in the Turkvision Song Contest 2017. This includes six debuting nations, they are; Latvia, Sweden, Moldova, Stavropol Krai, the Netherlands and Poland. Returning to the contest this year alongside Tatarstan are Crimea and Bashkortostan.
The list of confirmed participating countries and nations are:
- Bashkortostan (Russian Federation)
- Crimea (Disputed territory)
- Gagauzia (Moldova)
- Kazakhstan – Host nation
- The Netherlands
- Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
- Tatarstan (Russian Federation)
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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.