BTRC, the Belarusian national broadcaster, has received more than 300 submissions for its contest to find branding for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which is due to be held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.
Submissions came from both within Belarus and from abroad and by paper and electronic mail. The competition aims to find a logo and a slogan in English for the contest. Entries will be judging according to their uniqueness and originality, with the winners joining the creative team behind next year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
The 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will mark the second time that the Belarusian capital will host the competition. Minsk previously hosted the contest in 2010, which was the first Eurovision event to ever take place in Belarus.
The Junior Eurovision Steering Group decided to remove a clause in the Rules that gave the winning broadcaster first refusal to host, to ensure the longevity of the Contest and allow more time to prepare the event. This clause was first introduced in 2014. Italy used this clause in 2015 to decline hosting the contest that year after their victory in the 2014. Bulgaria were then selected as hosts for the 2015 contest. After the removal of said clause, EBU Members were given the opportunity to apply to host Junior Eurovision 2018. From these applications, Belarus was selected.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
Olga Shylager, the Deputy General of BTRC, stated;
We had a wonderful playground already in 2010. We did not have to rebuild anything, we did not have to invent anything, it’s a great place where a lot of locations can be concentrated so as not to move around the city, because it’s not always convenient, and again our hotel complexes are located so that everything in general is close, convenient and compact. This is very important.