It has been confirmed that Istanbul will indeed be the host city for the 4th edition of the Turkvizyon Song Contest.
The Ukrainian broadcaster in charge of Turkvizyon participation as well as members of delegations we have contacted confirm the event is being held in Istanbul. It is our understanding that at the 2015 contest in Istanbul it was discussed that the event would be held in Antalya. However that in recent months it has instead been decided to host the contest again in Istanbul.
Istanbul is the first city in the contests history to host the contest on two ocassions. When the Turkvizyon Song Contest was first formed the rules stated that the contest would be held in that years Cultural Capital of the Turkic World. However this rule was not enforced last year as the contest was moved away from Mary, Turkmenistan and instead held in Turkey’s largest city.
The venue of the contest has not yet been confirmed by the organisers. It was reported in late April that the contest was to be held at theÂ Yahya Kemal Beyatli Cultural Centre, the same venue which hosted the 2015 contest.
To date a total of 18 countries and regions have provisionally stated their intention or showed interest in competing in this years contest, they are:
- Altai Republic
- Kabardino-Balkaria & Karachay-Cherkessia
- Stavropol Krai
- Yakutia (Sakha Republic)
Source: TRK Yuzhnaya volna