New Wave (competition)
|Genre||Pop, Europop, Jazz|
|Dates||Six days (three contest days) in July|
|Location(s)||Sochi, Russia (2015-present)|
|Years active||2002 - present|
|Founded by||Igor Krutoy and Raimonds Pauls|
New Wave (Russian: Новая волна, Novaya volna, Latvian: Jaunais Vilnis) is an international contest for young performers of popular music founded in 2002 by the Russian composer Igor Krutoy and Latvian pianist and composer Raimonds Pauls and later enhanced by the Russian superstar Alla Pugacheva. The contest usually lasts for six days: 3 contest days, 2 special event days and, at the end, the day where the contest's results are announced followed by an ending concert.
Although meant to popularize new stars from all over Europe, the countries of the former USSR and the USA, many present and former superstars play an important, if not the most important, role in it.
For the first 14 years New Wave used to be held in the Latvian coastal city of Jūrmala, but since 2015 it has moved to Sochi, the Russian Federation (other potential locations included Baku, Kaliningrad, Kazan and Crimea). According to organizer Igor Krutoy, the main reason for relocating was performing Russian singers Valeriya, Iosif Kobzon and Oleg Gazmanov being denied entry into Latvia for the 2014 contest by Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs because of their voiced support for Russia's annexation of Crimea.
- "New Wave song festival could switch to Crimea". LSM. November 28, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- "Ban on Russian Singers Makes 'New Wave' Festival Leave Latvia for Sochi". The Moscow Times. January 12, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
- Irina Pantelejeva (August 6, 2015). "International guests throw spotlight on New Wave festivities". The Baltic Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016.