CyBC, the national broadcaster of Cyprus has confirmed that they will not be participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
The Cypriot national broadcaster has confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they will not be participating in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The broadcaster stated that their current budget does not allow the country to participate, but that they wish to take part in the contest in the future if their budget allowed.
Cyprus made their debut in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1988 when the contest was held in Amsterdam. They went on to compete in every edition of the competition up until 2010, when budget cuts lead to the country withdrawing from the contest. In their twelve appearances at the competition, Cyprus failed to qualify for the final of the contest on every occasion.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the competition:
- United Kingdom
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be held in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall. This is the first time since 2008 that Scotland has hosted a Eurovision event, the last being the final of the Eurovision Dance Contest. The 2018 contest will see the return of the semi-finals which will be held on August 18 and 19, with the final taking place on August 23.
What is Eurovision Young Musicians?
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.