Londonbeat And Julio Iglesias Jr: Belarus Biggest Music Festival Announces Its 2017 Program

With just over 100 days left till start of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, its organizing committee has releaved the program of the festival’s 26th edition.

They were guided by the tastes of the and desire to introduce them to new names, Alexander Sidorenko, the director of the festival, said at a press conference on 16 March.

“For example, we have organized many multi-artist concerts and brought many young artists, budding teams,” he said.

The program of the music festival features such Belarusian and Russian artists as NAVIBAND, Uzari, Dmitry Koldun – all of then are Belarusian Eurovision entries – Stas Piekha, Nyusha and others.

Approximately 60% of the concert time will be given to young Belarusian singers and bands. “Besides, we invited many bands that represent the culture of their country. You will see most of them during the grand opening,” the director said.

He also mentioned such foreign musicians as the UK band Londonbeat, Julio Iglesias Jr. (Spain), Kevin McCoy (United States), and others.

The tradition of inviting winners of international song competitions will continue. For instance, Filip Zhmakher of Serbia will make his appearance in a number of shows. Dimash Kudaibergen, the holder of the 2015 Grand Prix, from Kazakhstan is expected to perform at the closing ceremony.

Festival’s program traditionally features the opening ceremony (13 July), the closing ceremony (17 July), the shows Golden Hit and Chanson TV – All Stars.

This year, the concert Union State Invites will be devoted to the anniversary of the Syabry band. Besides, the Summer Amphitheater will host a show by the Pavlo Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble and popular Ukrainian singers, and the anniversary concert Alexander Zatsepin.

All in all, the Summer Amphitheater will host 17 events.

The number of concerts may increase as the program of the music festival has not been finalized yet.

The 26th International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” will run from 13 to 17 July (with additional events on 11, 12, 18, and 19 July).