Last October it was revealed that Junior Eurovision 2018 will be hosted by Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company). It will be the 16th edition of the contest and, after 2010, the second to be held in the Minsk Arena in the capital city of Belarus.
The Minsk Arena is the largest complex for cultural and sport events in Belarus, with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. The venue has already hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and concerts of other international superstars such as Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Depeche Mode.
Broadcaster BTRC also revealed the creative theme that will accompany the 2018 Contest. #LightUp is the slogan for this year’s event, complimented by a creative logo design based around a morning star made of vertically inverted soundwaves.
The artwork for the event celebrates the artistic potential and creative drive of the young Junior Eurovision participants that will be turning the stage into something magical, like a sky full of stars.
Head of Live Events at the EBU, Jon Ola Sand said: "We are pleased to be working with BTRC this year and we have full confidence that they will host a great show in November. This will be the 16th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and we’re sure that this year’s competition will be once again a great way for children to showcase their musical talent."
Last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, and saw Russia taking the crown home, thanks to a stunning performance by Polina Bogusevich with the song Wings.
Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Belarus is one of the most successful countries at Junior Eurovision and has won the competition twice and appeared in the top five no less than nine times. It is also one of the few countries that has participated in every single contest since Junior Eurovision began in 2003.