nternational contest “Northern radiance” was created by Vili Ikonomov in 1966, carrying the name “Young tallents”. Back then it was on national level and co-organizers where the Ruse youth home and vocal-instrumental band “Compass”. On that stage their first professional steps made the bulgarian singers Deyan Nedelchev, Atanas Kolev, Rosica Bordjieva, Sunai Chalakov, Roksana Beleva, Diana Aleksandrova etc…
Through the years the contest had changed and in 1998 his creator gave him new name, which he caries up to this moment – “Northern radiance”. With every next edition it became more popular and in 2000 it had his first guests from abroad. Today singers from Romania, Russia, Kossovo and Montenegro are the most often participants in the contest.
From 2006 organizers of International contest “Northern radiance” became the vocal studio for jazz & pop singing “Ikonomov” and association “Northern radiance”, with the support ot Ruse municipality.
In 2010 the contest became a member of WAFA (World Association of Festivals and Artists).