Not many people know that beside of the Eurovision Song Contest a similar contest took place with a comparable concept in Eastern Europe, before the fall of the Iron Curtain. This was called Intervision (ISC) and was a musical exchange between of the Eastern Europe television stations. Many elderly lpeople from the post Soviet countries will remember the songs from that festival. Mainly European countries like Czechoslovakia, German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union took part. But also non-European countries took part like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru and South Africa were invited to participate. Even Finland has won it in 1980 with a former Eurovision participant Marion Rung.
In contrast to the ESC, the ISC mostly took place in one city: Sopot, Poland. The Forest Opera has been the place, where the contest has been broadcasted from. The contest has been only organised four times between 1977 and 1980. It replaced the Sopot International Song Festival, which exists since 1961.
The rules to pick a winner have often been changed. The original Sopot Festival was another music event, which had a lot of international artists in the show, even US singers and Western Europeans. The Sopot Festival has been broadcasted until 2014. It's a pity that it does not exist anymore.
Have a look at the Festiwal Interwizji Sopot 77
There were the winners:
Helena Vondráčková "Malovaný džbánku" – Czechoslovakia 1977
Alla Pugacheva "Vsyo mogut koroli" – Soviet Union 1978
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!