With the announcement today that Kazakhstan will host the Turkvision Song Contest 2017, we bring you up to date with everything you need to know.
Today the Ministry of Culture and Sport in Kazakhstan confirmed that they will be hosting the 4th edition of the Turkvision Song Contest. This is the first time that the contest has traveled to Central Asia and brings Turkvision to its most successful nation. Kazakhstan is one of twelve countries to have participated in every edition of the competition and won in 2014 when Zhanar Dugalova performed “Izim Korem”. They have finished in the top ten at every contest to date and finished in second place the last time the contest was held in 2016.
Where is the contest being held?
This years contest is to be held in Astana, the Capital of Kazakhstan. The first settlement at the site of Astana took place in 1830 when it was named Akmoly, it then underwent a number of different name changes until the fall of the Soviet Union. In 1992 the city was named Akmola, in 1997 the city became the capital of Kazakhstan taking over from the country’s largest city, Almaty. Since May 6, 1998 the city has been called Astana which translates as “the capital” in Kazakh.
Astana is home to over 860,000 people and is renowned across the world for its range of architecture designed by famous names from across the world. The most well known structure in the city is the Bayterek Tower, completed in 2002 it stands at 105 metres tall and offers views around Astana and the surrounding steppe.
When will the contest take place?
An exact date has yet to be confirmed. However at today’s press conference it was announced that the event will be held alongside EXPO 2017. EXPO 2017 will take place between June 10 and September 10, a total of 101 nations will be exhibiting at the event including 13 countries who are expected to take part in the Turkvision Song Contest.
Who has confirmed participation?
An official list of competing countries and regions has not been released yet. However the following countries and regions confirmed to Eurovoix World that they intended to compete in the 2016 contest which was not held.
- Bashkortostan (Russian Federation)
- Crimea (Disputed Territory)
- Gagauzia (Moldova)
- Kazakhstan – Host country
- Kumyk (Russian Federation)
- Northern Cyprus
- Sandzak (Serbia)
- Stavropol Krai (Russian Federation)
- Tatarstan (Russian Federation)
- Yakutia (Russian Federation)
Which countries have selected singers and/or songs?
To date fourteen countries have selected singers to compete in the Turkvision Song Contest. Of these fourteen seven have announced the song titles. Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, songs cannot be released for the competition until the organisers of the contest has approved each delegation to do so.
The singers and songs are:
- Azerbaijan – Sevinc Beyaz
- Bashkorotstan – Ziliya Bakhtieva – Donya Mathur
- Belarus – Svetlana Agarval – Meni Anla
- Crimea – Alseyda – Felegimsin
- Gagauzia – Yulia Arnaut – Kemenca
- Germany – Seyran
- Kumyk – Daniyal Harunow
- Latvia – Oksana Bilera – Yakisiyor bize bu sevgi
- Netherlands – Elcan – Ana vatan
- Moldova – Polina Stefoglo – Yallah Yallah!
- Poland – Olga Shimanskaya – Masal gibi bu dunya
- Romania – Sunai Giolacai
- Stavropol Krai – Islam Satyrov
- Sweden – Arghavan – Dircalis
- Ukraine – Natalie Papazoglu – Tikenli yol
Possible venues for the contest
There are a number of possible venues for the Turkvision Song Contest in Astana, these are:
Barys Arena: A multi-purpose indoor arena that was opened in August of 2015. The arena has a capacity of just over 11,000 people and is currently home to Barys Astana Ice Hockey Team.
Palace of Peace and Reconciliation: Has been used for the Kazakh national final for the Turkvision Song Contest every year since 2013. The hall which is used for the national final only has a capacity for 1,500 guests.
Eurovoix World will continue to keep you up to date with all the preparations for the Turkvision Song Contest 2017, as the largest source of news regarding the competition.