Reports in Khakassia are stating that the Turkvizyon Song Contest 2016 will be held between December 15 and December 22.

The dates of the contest are being reported by German Tanbaev who is the Head of Delegation for Khakassia in the Turkvizyon Song Contest. The dates that Mr Tanbaev has stated would put the contest as starting on Thursday December 15 and finishing on Thursday December 22. The organisers of the Turkvizyon Song Contest have not officially confirmed the dates of this years contest or where the event will be held in Turkey.

Previous reports from Gagauz media state that the final of the Turkvizyon Song Contest will be held on December 17. The dates announced combined with the reports from media in Khakassia indicate that the schedule for this years contest may be as follows:

  • Turkvizyon 2016 semi final – December 15
  • Turkvizyon 2016 final – December 17
  • Bala Turkvizyon 2016 semi final – December 20
  • Bala Turkvizyon final – December 22

In all three contests to date the Turkvizyon Song Contest has seen its final held on a Saturday night, with the semi final held or planned to be held on the Thursday before the contest. In 2015 the final of the first Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest was held on the Tuesday before Turkvizyon, however the dates stated by Khakassia mean this is unlikely to occur. Instead the dates suggested above see the final held the Thursday after the Turkvizyon final.

Eurovoix World has attempted to contact the organisers of the Turkvizyon Song Contest over the past weeks to clarify reports regarding the date and the venue for the contest, but has received no reply.

Source: From YRY

The Turkvizyon 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.