Ukraine will select their participants for the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Vibetsk, Belarus on March 19 in Kyiv.

Ukraine has become the latest country to announce the date of their selection process for Slavianski Bazaar 2017. Ukraine will select their participants for the Children’s Contest and International Pop Song Performers Contest on March 19 in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The country was one of the first countries to take part in Slavianski Bazaar and won the first contest in 1992.

To date Ukraine has won Slavianski Bazaar at total of four times making them the second most successful country in the history of the International Pop Song Performers Contest. The last Ukrainian singer to win the contest was Natalya Krasnyanskaya in 2007, prior to her victory the country’s most recent victory came with Ruslana in 1996. Ruslana went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with her song “Wild Dances”, she remains one of the biggest stars in Ukraine and has toured across the globe.

In the Children’s Contest Ukraine is one of eight countries to have won the competition since it was first held in 2003. In 2014 Anastasia Boginskaya won the Children’s Contest, she was followed in second place by the Belarusian entrant.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in this years contest:

  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Ukraine
Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.