TMB TV have announced that the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 will be held between August 20 and August 28 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

After months of silence, the official Facebook page for the Turkvision Song Contest has announced the dates of this years Turkvision Song Contest. The competition will be held over the course of eight days in August, starting on August 20 and ending on August 28. The exact dates of the shows have not been announced, however it looks likely that two semi finals and a final will be held during this years competition.

A total of fifteen 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 full list of nations and regions that have confirmed their participation so far are:

  • Bashkortostan (Russian Federation)
  • Belarus – Sveltana Agarval – Meni anla
  • Crimea (Disputed territory) – Alseyda
  • Gagauzia (Moldova) – Yulia Arnaut – Kemençä
  • Germany – Seyran
  • Kazakhstan – Host nation
  • Latvia – Oksana Bilera – Yakisiyor bize bu sevgi
  • Moldova – Pelageya Stefoglo – Yallah Yallah!
  • The Netherlands – Elcan – Ana vatan
  • Poland – Olga Shimanskaya – Masal gibi bu dünya
  • Romania
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation) – Islam Satyrov
  • Sweden – Arghavan – Dircalis
  • Tatarstan (Russian Federation)
  • Ukraine – Natalie Papazoglu – Tikenli Yol

Of note is that despite TMB TV announcing the dates of this years competition, Kazakhstan, this years host nation, has not confirmed these dates publicly. The event also no longer features on the official website of EXPO 2017 which is underway in Astana, Kazakhstan

Source: TMB Turkvizyon

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.