Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk

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Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk
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GenreFolk, pop, folk-rock
Location(s)Vitebsk, Belarus
Years active1992-present
Founded byBelarusian Government

The International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”[1] (Belarusian: Міжнародны фестываль мастацтваў «Славянскі базар у Віцебску», Ukrainian: Міжнародний фестиваль мистецтв «Слов'янський базар у Вітебську», Russian: Международный фестиваль искусств "Славянский базар в Витебске"), also known as Slavic Bazaar, is an annual festival held in Vitebsk, Belarus under the auspices of the Belarusian Government since 1992. Its main program is devoted to Slavic music. The main participants are artists from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, countries of the former Yugoslavia, Poland, and Bulgaria with guests from many other countries, both Slavic and non-Slavic.


Amphitheatre in Vitebsk

The predecessor of the festival was "Polish Song Festival in Vitebsk" (Polish: pl:Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej w Witebsku) that was held in Vitebsk. Vitebsk was chosen to host the festival according to the agreements with Polish city Zielona Góra where "Soviet Song Festival" (Polish: Festiwal Piosenki Radzieckiej) was held since 1965. The main venue of the present-day festival, the Amphitheatre, was constructed especially for such occasion in 1988. Except from scenic area there were tennis courts, aerobic gyms, restaurant, and a coffee bar.

Only two editions of the "Polish Song Festival in Vitebsk" were held: in 1988 and 1990. After the Dissolution of the Soviet Union the cultural ties between the former Soviet bloc countries have broken. So there emerged an idea to organize a cultural arrangement in order to show the cultural diversity of Slavic nations. The first Slavianski Bazaar was opened in 1992. It was organized by the Belarusian Government with the financial support from Russia and Ukraine. The main goal of the very first festival was an attempt to acquaint the Belarusian audience with pop and folk trends from Slavic countries.

In 1993 the festival became a member of the International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF). Cultural variety has grown as the representatives from non-Slavic countries expressed their interest in participating in the festival. Since 1995 Slavianski Bazaar has acquired the new concept and changed its name to the International Festival of Arts "Slavianski Bazaar".Cinematographic presentations and folk art fairs have become the recurrent events in the festival’s calendar. In 1998 the festival has become an inter-state cultural project of Belarus and Russia and suffered another name change that fixed the festival’s affiliation to the city of Vitebsk: International Festival of Arts "Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk".

The festival was awarded the diploma 'FIDOF Festival of the Year 2000' "for impeccable quality of organization, professionalism, hospitality, and promotion of noble humanistic aims on the international level",[2] 'FIDOF Festival of the Year 2004' and other awards.

The contest[edit]

Ruslana the most successful winner of the Contest
Donny Montell, winner in 2008

During the festival, a contest for young singers is held. It has two stages, each held on a separate day. On the first day the contestants should perform the song in a national language of the country the contestant represents. All vocals are sung live using backing track. On the second day the contestants perform the song written by a composer from any Slavic country in any of the Slavic languages. On this stage all vocals must be sung live with the National Concert Orchestra of Belarus under Mikhail Finberg's conduction.

The final decision is made by the international jury usually consisting of 10 people who are usually former winners of the contest, former contestants, or other celebrities. After the performance each jury gives points from 0 to 10 (although the nil has never actually been given). At the end of the second day all the points are summed up and the Grand Prix winner and other places holders are defined.

The festival has been the starting point in the careers of several singers such as: Ruslana, Taisia Povaliy, Toše Proeski, Bobi Mojsovski, Pyotr Elfimov, Željko Joksimović and Dimash Kudaibergen.

The 18th International Art Festival Slavyansky Bazar opening ceremony. 2009
Toše Proeski, the Macedonian superstar won the festival in 2000
Year Country Performer
1992  Ukraine Oleksa Berest
1993  Ukraine Taisia Povaliy
1994  FR Yugoslavia Milan Šćepović - Šćepa
1995  FR Yugoslavia Filip Žmaher
1996  Ukraine Ruslana
1997  FR Yugoslavia Svetlana Slavković
1998  Israel Rafael Dahan
1999  FR Yugoslavia Željko Joksimović
2000  Macedonia Toše Proeski
2001  Russia Theona Dolnikova
2002  FR Yugoslavia Milovan Zimonjić
2003  Belarus Maxim Sapatskov
2004  Belarus Pyotr Elfimov
2005  Belarus Polina Smolova
2006  Russia Oksana Bogoslovskaya
2007  Ukraine Natalya Krasnyanskaya
2008  Lithuania Donny Montell
2009  Russia Dmitry Danilenko
2010  Croatia Damir Kedžo
2011  Belarus Alyona Lanskaya
2012  Macedonia Bobi Mojsoski
2013  Poland Michał Kaczmarek
2014  Mexico Rodrigo de la Cadena
2015  Kazakhstan Dimash Kudaibergen
2016  Belarus Alexey Gross
2017  Ukraine Vlad Sytnik
2018  Romania Marcel Roșca
2019  Kazakhstan Ädilxan Makïn
2020  Belarus Raman Volazneu
2021  Kazakhstan Rukhiya Baydukenova

Children's contest winners[edit]

The children's contest during the festival in Vitebsk was first held in 2003, an expansion of the cultural and artistic diversity of the event. It has become one of the main events in the East European countries for children performers who are making their way to Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Ksenia Sitnik's victory in Vicebsk lead her to the triumph in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Luisa Nurkuatova. Grand Prix of Slavianski Bazaar 2015
Year Country Performer
2003  Romania Noni Răzvan Ene
2004  Russia Roman Grechushnikov
2005  Belarus Ksenia Sitnik
2006  Poland Katarzyna Miednik
2007  Belarus Andrey Kunets
2008  Russia Luara Hayrapetyan
2009  Romania Maria Cristina Crăciun
2010  Romania Mario Galatanu
2011  Romania Raluca-Elena Ursu
2012  Georgia Mariam Bichoshvili
2013  Bulgaria Presijana Dimitrova
2014  Ukraine Anastasiya Baginska
2015  Kazakhstan Luisa Nurkuatova
2016  Russia Anastasiya Gladilina
2017  Belarus Maria Magilnaya
2018  Ukraine Oleksandr Balabanov
2019  Belarus Ksenija Haletskaja
2020  Belarus Anhelina Lamaka
2021  Montenegro Komnen Vuković
  •  — Although Luara Hayrapetyan is an Armenian, she represented Russia in the 2008 contest under the nickname Lara.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "International Federation of Festival Organizations Praised Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk". Retrieved 2012-03-17.

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