Natalia Papazoglou who is representing Ukraine at the 2016 Turkvizyon Song Contest is performing as part of a Ukrainian culture festival in Istanbul.

Natalia Papazoglou is performing in Istanbul, Turkey on September 6 and 7 as part of a Ukrainian culture festival. The first day of the festival sees Natalia performing with the 2014 Turkvizyon participant Natali Deniz, showcasing the best of Gagauz music from the Odessa region. Furthermore they will be joined on stage by a Ukrainian dance group.

The main purpose of the festival is to strengthen relations between Ukraine and Turkey through cultural exchanges. The event was organised by the culture department of the city of Istanbul and regional authorities in Ukraine.

Natalia was selected to represent Ukraine at Turkvizyon 2016 having participated in the Ukrainian selection final in Odessa this July. She is already known to Ukrainian audiences after participating in the latest series of the X-Factor Ukraine.

Source: QHA

The Turkvizyon Song Contest was first held in 2013 in the Turkish city of Eskişehir. 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.