The venue and dates of the Turkvision Song Contest 2017 have been changed, as the EXPO 2017 website reveals new information.

The Turkvision Song Contest 2017 has returned to the EXPO 2017 website with new dates and a new venue being announced for this years contest. The fourth edition of the Turkvision Song Contest is now scheduled to take place on August 29 and August 31. The new dates mean the contest will take place on the last Tuesday and Thursday of August.

The venue for this years contest has now been announced as 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.

Aside from hosting cycling competitions the venue has also played host to events such as the The Festival of Ethnocultural Associations of Kazakhstan Peoples Assembly, Presidents Day and a number of other concerts.

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)
  • Belarus
  • Crimea (Disputed territory)
  • Gagauzia (Moldova)
  • Germany
  • Kazakhstan – Host nation
  • Latvia
  • Moldova
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
  • Sweden
  • Tatarstan (Russian Federation)
  • Ukraine

Source: EXPO

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.