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 the singer IVAN (Alexander Ivanov) who performed in the second semi-final (12 May) with the entry How to Fly.
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.
Every year Belarus announces its entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following the national selection held by the Belarusian Television and Radio Company.
This year the national selection for the international song contest was won by 13-year-old singer from Minsk District, Ruslan Aslanov with his song Volshebstvo (Magic). The singer was the first to get the symbol of the national selection contest, a crystal microphone.
Ruslan Aslanov attends a gymnasium and takes saxophone music classes. On the advice of his grandmother, he has been taking singing lessons since he was six. It was her who noticed that Ruslan has a gift for music and brought him to Play Studio.
Ruslan Aslanov is a winner of international contests and festivals such as Slavonic Wreath 2012 (Bulgaria) and Crystal Pitchfork 2014 (Belarus). He was among the finalists of the national contest Song for Eurovision 2013. Besides, the young singer was third at New Wave Junior 2014 (Russia). This year, he reached the super final of the popular TV project The Voice Kids (Ukraine) where his coach was Tina Karol, Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 took place at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria on 21 November. The total of 17 countries took part in the contest, with Ireland, Albania and Australia having made their debut.
This year a 13-year-old singer, soloist of the popular song theater Khvilinka, Sasha Minenok has been selected to represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Violetta, Malta. The young singer won the national selection with his song Music of My Victories.
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 debuted at the Eurovision Young Dancers 2013 that was held in Gdansk, Poland, on 14 June.
Belarus’ was 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 performed an excerpt from La Esmeralda ballet inspired by Notre Dame de Paris of Victor Hugo with music by Cesare Pugni.