Belarus’ participation in the Eurovision Song Contest and playing host to the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest are among the most significant events in the cultural life of Belarus.
Belarus has been participating in the International Eurovision Song Contest since 2004. In different years Belarus was represented by:
In January 2013 Litesound was announced the best performer of the last ten years by fans and journalists covering the Eurovision Song Contest. The Belarusian band won the 6th edition of oikotimes.com’s Eurostar Award.
The national selection for the International Eurovision Song Contest is held in Belarus every year. The Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC and the ONT have been the organizers of this song contest.
Belarus was represented by winner of the national selection Alyona Lanskaya.
Belarus has been participating in the Junior Eurovision since its inception in 2003. In different years Belarus was represented by:
The prize places at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest confirm the success of Belarusian talented young singers. Belarus is the country to have won the contest twice.
The first success came in 2005, when Ksenia Sitnik with her song My vmeste won the contest. In 2007 it was Alexey Zhigalkovich with the song S Druz'yami to conquer Europe.
In June 2011, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) chose Belarus as the venue for the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk. The 2010 Eurovision Song Contest held in Minsk became a remarkable event for the country, the guests and participants of the contest. The EBU believes that the show was fabulous: an excellent stage design and decorations, talented hosts, professional camera work, high-quality teleproduction.
The national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is held in Belarus every year. The Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC is the organizer of this song contest. This year the 12-year old Egor Zheshko from Minsk was voted the winner.
The final of the 2012 International Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held on 1 December in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Belarus’ entry Yegor Zheshko with the song A more-more… performed first in the finals of the contest under the slogan "Break the Ice". Upon split jury and televoting he took the 9th place.
Belarus joined the International Classical Music Competition "Eurovision Young Musicians" in 2010.
Belarus’ first entry at Eurovision Young Musicians 2010 cellist Ivan Karizna advanced into the finals (out of 14 semi-finalists).
Dulcimer player Alexandra Denisenya, winner of many international and national contests, represented Belarus at Eurovision Young Musicians in May 2012 in Vienna.
Belarus will debut at the Eurovision Young Dancers 2013 that will be held in Gdansk, Poland, on 14 June.
Belarus’ will be represented by Yana Shtangey, an 18-year old third-year student of the Belarusian Choreography College (class of the Merited Artist of Russia, People’s Artist of Belarus Klara Malysheva).
Yana Shtangey will perform an excerpt from La Esmeralda ballet inspired by Notre Dame de Paris of Victor Hugo with music by Cesare Pugni.