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Kazak Singer Rocks Slavic World Stage

The talents of a young Kazakh singer were recognized, and awarded with high esteem, at the International Festival of Arts ‘Slavianski Bazaar 2013.’

The event, which saw the attendance of many Eurovision stars, was held from July 11th – 15th in Vitebsk, Belarus. esctoday.com tells that 18 concerts were held in total on stage at Vitebsk’s Summer Amphitheater, and those who performed the concerts, came from countries far and wide: Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania and more.

The Official Website of The Republic of Belarus offers detailed information about the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar:- “For years, the music forum has been promoting cross-cultural dialogue between nations and countries.”

- “Organized by Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, the first festival was held in Vitebsk on 18 July 1992.”

- “In 1993, the Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk became a member of the International Federation of Festival Organizations (FIDOF).”

- “The first satellite broadcast of the festival was launched in 1996, which made it possible to show the forum all over the world.”

- “In 2000 the Slavonic Bazaar set a record bringing together representatives of all Slavonic nations.”

For further information on the event, and to check out a variety of video links to performances, visit the “ХХII International Pop Song Performers Contest “Vitebsk-2013”” Facebook page.

Returning to Central Asia, Tengrinews.kz tells the world that in two separate competitions, 21 year old Kazakh singer Berdibek Kulgarayev—whose voice won over the crowd—sang singer Muslim Magomayev’s song “Tvoi Sledi” (“Your Footprint”) in the Slavic Song competition and Kazakh composer Yerzhan Serikbayev’s song “Kim Bilgen” (“Who Knew”) in the National Song competition. Kulgarayev’s two-day score of 117 awarded him the 7th place prize, just a few places behind the ‘Grand Prix’ Polish winner Michal Kaczmarek.

A university student at Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts, and holder of an impressive vocal resume, Kulgarayev has won international contests in Armenia, Bulgaria and Korea.

Representing Kazakhstan in 2012, at this same event, was Daria Gabdull. In 2011, Alisher Karimov represented this Central Asian country, and in 2010, Dinara Sultan attended and sang.

If you attended the festival in Belarus, share your musical stories about it with neweurasia!

Photo credit: Web Screenshot, Contestant’s photo

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