Eurovision fans suffering from Post-Eurovision Depression need their summertime music festival fix, and the most recent salvo came courtesy of Belarus. From July 9 to 13, the city of Vitebsk staged its annual Slavianski Bazaar. As tradition dictates, it included a competition for adult and child singers. In the past those competitions have been starting points for Eurovision stars including Ruslana, Petr Elfimov and Zeljko Joksimovic.
As ever, some of our dearest ESC stars performed. Belarus’ Teo and Alyona Lanskaya were there, as was Norway’s Belarusian-born Alexander Rybak. These stars and starlets went all patriotic by performing the song “Made in Belarus”. Get it?
There were also plenty of artists from Eurovision national selection season. Among them was Sweden’s OLA, who competed at Melodifestivalen 2010. You can check out his performance below. Eurofans will also remember Aidan, who finished behind Safura at Azerbaijan’s national selection in 2010, and Diana Brescan and Valeria Pasha, who both competed in Moldova’s Eurovision selection earlier this year.
There’s moooooore. The list of singers also included big names like Morandi, Aronchupa, Sak Noel and even Inna! Not to mention millions of Russian pop singers.
The Slavianski Bazaar isn’t only about famous artists — it also gives talented young singers the chance to perform in front of thousands. The winner of the rather wordy category ‘International Contest of young singers Vitebsk – 2015’ is Dinash Kudaybergen from Kazakhstan. In the kids competition, another Kazakh won — Luiza Nurkuatova. Kazakhstan may not be in Eurovision yet, but its ambitions to win foreign music competitions suggests it’ll keep pushing.