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Serbia: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika Travel to Porto To Film Eurovision Postcard

Sanja Ilić & Balkanika have traveled to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto as they film their postcard ahead of the Eurovision Song Contets 2018.

Serbia’s entrants in this years Eurovision Song Contest have traveled to the Ribeira de Gaia / Cais de Gaia in Porto to film their postcard. The Ribeira de Gaia / Cais de Gaia is a path that runs alongside the Rio Douro in the heart of Porto. The area is one of Porto’s most visited tourist sites, featuring restaurants and bars, as well as one of the most well known views in the city.

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The group is known for their folk sound, and their mission according to Sanja is to “preserve, revitalise and modernise Serbian medieval and Byzantine music traditions”. Their music features old Balkan instruments incorporated into modern music. Over their 20 years together, the band have performed all around the world, and are increasing in popularity.

Sanja Ilić & Balkanika will represent Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal this May. The group was selected after winning Beovizija with their song “Nova Deca”, which translates to “Our Children”.

Source: Sanja Ilić & Balkanika ESC Portugal

Serbia have competed as an independent nation in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2007, and have seen great success in the competition. Their first entry in 2007, Marija Šerifović’s “Molitva”, won the contest in Helsinki with 268 points, making Serbia’s debut one of the most successful in Eurovision history. From then up to their year’s break in 2014, Serbia finished in the top 10 a further two times, including a 3rd place finish in 2012 with Željko Joksimović’s “Nije ljubav stvar”. They have only failed to qualify for the final on three occasions, the most recent being in 2017 when Tijana Bogićević’s entry “In Too Deep” finished in 11th place in its semi-final in Kyiv.

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