Belarus will host the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) in 2018, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Belarusian national broadcaster (BTRC) announced.
It will be the second time that Junior Eurovision will take place in Minsk.
Earlier this year EBU Members were given the opportunity to apply to host JESC 2018 and Belarus’ application was judged to be the best.
It will be the second time that the Junior Eurovision will take place in Minsk, following 2010.
“We are therefore delighted to announce, before we gather in Tbilisi for the 2017 competition, that BTRC will be the host broadcaster of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest,” EBU said in a statement.
The Belarusian application “was extremely strong”, so EBU is confident that the prepartions to the contest in Belarus will be full of enthusiasm.
Belarus has taken part every year since the firts edition of the competition in 2003.
The country has a very successful record at JESC, winning in both 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik and 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich.
Meanwhile, the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is only weeks away. The contest will take place on Sunday 26th November and be held in Tbilisi, Georgia.