04 July 2018


The young artists from 20 countries are expected to come to “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” to compete in the XVI International Children Music Contest “Vitebsk”.

The events of the children music contest traditionally follow the storyline of some fairy tale. This year we have decided to create a spectacle based on “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. The main idea is to show how “icy strongholds” break down and people’s souls get warmer and the hearts of the toughest judges melt when exposed to children talent, clean, beautiful and clear voices, – says the stage director of the XVI International Children Music Contest Anastasia Adamenko. 

Anastasia Adamenko has been working on the children music project for three years in collaboration with Ivan Deshko, a professor of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Culture and Arts. The directors began developing thoroughly the idea and scenario, designing costumes and scenography in February. Now, few days are left before the opening of the Children Music Contest “Vitebsk-2018”.

– The contest takes place before the opening of the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. On 9 July at 8.00 p.m. we hold the first drawing lots for the young performers. This ceremony, like last year, is to be held in Mayakovsky Square Garden in the open air as a city children celebration with performances of music bands, – Anastasia Adamenko says. – Each participant will find his or her number of the appearance on the contest stage in an “icy heart”. Let’s keep the image of this souvenir secret. We hope that every young singer will understand that his or her performance on the stage should melt such a heart.

In the drawing lots before the second contest day, the numbers will be hidden in souvenirs in the form of medals.

The XVI International Children Music Contest is to be held on 10 and 11 July in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk”. When designing the stage, we tried to reproduce a pop concert style. LED screens are to be used and beautiful video content is being prepared by the artistic director Olga Golubtsova.

– Anastasia, who will be the hosts of the children concerts?

– Following the tradition, one of the hosts is the winner of the previous contest edition. In 2017, Maria Magilnaya from Belarus won the Grand Prix. Masha will appear on the stage as the fairy-tale character Gerda. She will work together with a talented boy from Russia, the participant of the show “The Voice. Kids”, Alexander Filin, who will appear in the image of Kay. By the way, the children made a great duet at the gala concert of the International Festival “Zornyya kvetki” in spring.  

The adult pair of the hosts -the Snow Queen and the Noble Reindeer – are the actress of the Republican Theater of Belarusian Drama Anastasia Bobrova and the actor of the Moscow Yugo-Zapad (South-West) Theater Anton Belov.

The main characters of the contest are the 20 young singers. They have to play themselves. Who is to be the best and to get the Grand Prix of the XVI International Children Music Contest remains the main intrigue before beginning of the festival.

This year, for the first time in the history of children contest, the young artists from the UK and Canada will perform at “Slavianski Bazaar”.

The International Jury will be headed by People’s Artist of Moldova Constantin Moscovici.

The gala concert and Award Ceremony will be held in the Concert Hall “Vitebsk” on 12 July.  The Grand Prix “Golden Lyre” winner of the XVI International Children Music Contest will be awarded at the Opening Ceremony of the XXVII International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” in the Summer Amphitheatre.

Kira Rekun