Just days on from Junior Eurovision 2017, in Belarus focused has shifted to hosting next years contest in Minsk.
From Tbilisi the Junior Eurovision Song Contest travels to Minsk for the 16th edition of the contest in 2018. As the stage was being taken down in Georgia, in Belarus preparations have begun for the next competition. Unlike in previous years we already know the country the contest is travelling to next year. This came as a result of a rule change, which sees the following years host country decided as a result of a bidding process before the previous years competition.
For Belarus, which has already hosted the competition once in 2010, this provides new challenges. Between 2010 and this years contest in Tbilisi, expectations of the staging, technology and appearance at the contest has shifted significantly. As a result for the Belarusian broadcaster this means that getting started on preparations early is key.
Jon Ola Sand, the Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest added;
In 2010 your team showed a very high level, you can and make a worthy show. It was a well-organized event, especially in technical terms, I’m looking forward to the moment when we start together to develop the Minsk show.
Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long term commitment to the competition. Belarus is one of a handful of countries to consistently hold a televised selection process to select their participants. Furthermore the stability of Belarus as a nation was cited as a factor.
The Deputy Chairman of BTRC explained that;
If before it was cardboard, plastic decorations, now it’s plasma, super-graphics, a huge number of video cameras, and half of them are constantly on the move – it’s completely different TV. Broadcasting, and HD broadcasting is not just a button switch, it’s the purchase of modern equipment.
Ms Salamankha added that a decision on the venue for next years competition has not yet been taken. Last week it was reported in the Belarusian press that the Minsk Arena will host next years contest, however, it remains the most likely venue for the contest in 2018.
BTRC will actively work with the Belarusian Government to help successfully host next years contest.