The BelExpo – National Exhibition Centre will be the venue for the opening ceremony of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk.
BTRC has confirmed that the National Exhibition Centre – BelExpo will be the venue for the Opening Ceremony for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk. The pavillion which covers over 3000 square metres, the opening ceremony will be held where the competing singers from across Europe will be introduced to viewers in Belarus and audiences abroad.
The BelExpo was opened in 1968 and is formed of two structures. The first structure is located next door to the Belarusian National Opera and Ballet. While the newer structure was opened in 1988 and from above is shaped like a five petaled flower.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. 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 first time Belarus held a Eurovision event was at the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where it was held in Minsk Arena.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
- The Netherlands