Wikimedia CEE Spring article contest

Weekly focus #8: Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Eurovision (also, music)

May is in full swing and spring is starting to feel more like summer at times, which makes it even more enticing to write articles in your nice and cool home! This week features a little known event called “Eurovision Song Contest”, with Ukraine and Azerbaijan featuring among the prominent winners from the CEE region in the last 10 years.

Something is going in Lissabon… (M&M Production, Eurovisión stage, Public Domain)


Some love it, some hate it and some watch it secretly while pretending they don’t care. But whether you like it or not you cannot totally ignore the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is finally here. With it’s amazing choreography, stunning outfits, songs that you can’t seem to get out of your head and… many articles about singers and songs missing, it awaits your attention. Especially that half of the participating countries are also taking part in the CEE Spring 2018 contest! Will they repeat the success of the countries we focus on this week – Ukraine, a two times winner of Eurovision and Azerbaijan which conquered the hearts of televoters and jury in 2011? After the first semi-final we already know that Albania, Austria, Bulgaria Estonia and Lithuania are going to be among the ones who will fight for victory on Saturday. Will any (or maybe all?) other of the 9 CEE countries from the second semi-final join them? We will need to wait and see (or listen). But one thing is sure – there are lots of articles waiting to be created!


Unfortunately Azerbaijan didn’t make it into the finals this year at the ESC, but the country has much more to offer in terms of music, which also found its way into UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity!

One example is the tar, a music instrument crafted and performed in Azerbaijan and adjacent parts of Iran, often played at weddings or other social occasions in this region. Another example are the ashiqs of Azerbaijan, who weave poetry, storytelling, dance and music into a traditional performance that also differs depending on the region that a specific ashiq is from.

But Azerbaijan has way more to offer than this, with representatives in all kinds of music genres. Maybe the most prominent name here is Flora Kaminova, who was a very popular singer in the USSR from the 1960s onwards, before she became a civil rights activist and opposed the Aliyev’s government.


By Anntinomy, edited by Antanana

The SQL query for CEE spring 2018 in Ukraine pleases with 1400 articles already. What was the primary focus of the top 3 contributors?  26% of articles were created by Oleksandr Tahaev who walks through life with Wikipedia. And thanks to his passion Ukrainian Wikipedia has been enriched with more than 300 articles about CEE sportsmen, chessmen mostly. Ukrainian team bets that the topic, chosen by the second top contributor is unique for the international contest. Leh Palych decided to cover all rural councils of Estonia —  local government areas that existed in Soviet times and have been abolished in 1991 or earlier. For example, the article in Ukrainian about Kolga külanõukogu is much better than in Estonian. 🙂

The third top author also has more than 100 articles in his CEE basket and again sport and sportsmen were chosen as articles subject, for example an article about the Sportsmen of the year in Republic Srpska.

Among music related articles created so far, there is Georgian dance and shamanistic remnants in Hungarian folklore. We also invite you to create articles in your language about Mykola Leontovych, the author of a New Year’s carol “Shchedryk”, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the lead vocalist of Okean Elzy, Vasyl Slipak, a late Ukrainian baritone opera singer and lastly Onuka, a Ukrainian electro-folk band.


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