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ABU Song Festivals

ABU Song Festivals

Logos used for the ABU TV Song Festival (top) and ABU Radio Song Festival (bottom).
Genre Song Festivals
Created by Marcel Bezençon
Production company(s) Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
Distributor Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
Picture format 576i (SDTV) (2012-present)
1080i (HDTV) (2012-present)
Original run 14 October 2012 – present
External links
Official website

ABU Song Festivals are annual song competitions based on the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).[1][2]

Participating countries which have full or additional full ABU membership are invited to submit a song to be performed in front of a live audience. The radio festival is a competitive show with a panel of judges determining the top-5 prize winners, and is broadcast via live radio. The television festival which is a non-competitive, musical gala presentation, is live recorded so that each of the national broadcasters may add subtitles in their native languages.[1][2]


  • History 1
    • Our Sound - The Asia-Pacific Song Contest 1.1
    • Development 1.2
  • Format 2
  • ABU Radio Song Festival 3
  • ABU TV Song Festival 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Our Sound - The Asia-Pacific Song Contest

The logo of the previously named "Our Sound - The Asia-Pacific Song Contest"

In 2008, the [6]


The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) had already ran an international song contest for its members inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985 – 1987, called the ABU Popular Song Contest, with 14 countries of the Asia-Pacific region competing.[3] The show had a similar concept to the current radio song festival with winners being chosen by a professional jury. South Korea, New Zealand and Australia celebrated victories in this competition. In 1989 – 1991 ABU co-produced the ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in Malaysia with participation of Asia-Pacific countries, as well as Yugoslavia and Finland.[3]

Shortly before launching the ABU Song Festival, the ABU had been considering the possibility to organize the ABU ASEAN TV Song Festival in Thailand.[3] Historically, Eurovision Song Contest following the cancellation of Our Sound. Kenny Kihyung Bae, chosen to the project manager, attended Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan to learn more about the contest before putting it to work.[7][8]

In November 2011, the ABU announced that they would organize its own TV and Radio Song Festivals to take place in Seoul, the South Korean capital, in time with 49th General Assembly in October 2012.[9] The name Asiavision Song Contest was initially mentioned as a possibility, but they were later officially titled ABU TV Song Festival and ABU Radio Song Festival. According to the ABU, the deadline for participation applications for ABU TV Song Festival 2012 was 18 May 2012.[10][11]


Andreas Gerlach, CEO of Asiavision Pte. Ltd, stated that "the format is highly suited to the Asia region and its people who love popular music and have a strong national pride. Asia today is all about competition, economically and politically. The Song Contest is a friendly competition between cultures. Like in Europe, the universal language of music will help to bring people closer together and nurture mutual understanding in the region."[12]

The contests are divided into two versions, ABU Radio Song Festival and ABU TV Song Festival. Twenty-six songs from sixteen nations competed at the Radio Song Festival, held in the South Korean capital, Seoul on 14 October 2012, while seven nations competed in the ABU TV Song Festival.[13] Countries eligible to participate in both of the ABU Song Festivals must have full or additional full ABU membership.[1][2]

ABU Radio Song Festival

The ABU Radio Song Festival is a competition for musicians, who are not under contract with any [14][15]

Year Date Host country Host city Venue Participants
2012 11 October 2012  South Korea[1] Seoul KBS Hall 13
2014 23 May 2014  Sri Lanka[16] Colombo Stein Studios 12
2015 29 May 2015  Myanmar[17] Yangon TBA

ABU TV Song Festival

The ABU TV Song Festival is a concert performance for professional musicians, who according to the organiser are well known in their country of origin. The event is not meant to be competitive. The festival will be recorded and is meant to be broadcast by participating ABU members first. Non-participating ABU members and non-ABU member broadcasters will be allowed to broadcast the festival for a fee at a later stage.[18][19][20] Every musician will be selected by a national broadcaster being member of the ABU. The participants perform during the general assembly of the ABU.[15][18]

At a press conference held on 18 July 2013 it was announced that Indonesia were submitting a bid to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2015.[21] In recent editions, the TV Festival has been held in the host city of the ABU General Assembly, with Istanbul, Turkey playing host to such assembly in 2015. If the bid were to be successful it would be the first time that the TV Festival has taken place away from the host country of the General Assembly.[22]

However, it was announced in August 2014 that Indonesia were making plans to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2016 instead.[23] Turkey's début at the 2014 Festival has led to speculation that they are hosting the 2015 alongside the ABU General Assembly which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul.[24] It was further confirmed in October 2014 that Turkey were indeed the hosts of the 2015 festival, which is schedule to take place in Istanbul sometime in October 2015.[25]

Year Date Host country Host city Venue Participants
2012 14 October 2012  South Korea[2] Seoul KBS Hall 11
2013 26 October 2013  Vietnam[26] Hanoi Hanoi Opera House 15
2014 25 October 2014  Macau[27] Macau Sands Theatre 12
2015 October 2015  Turkey[25] Istanbul TBC 1 (to date)


  1. ^ a b c d "ABU Radio Song Festival 2012".  
  2. ^ a b c d "ABU Song Festival 2012".  
  3. ^ a b c d e Mikheev, Andy (16 August 2012). "Participants - ABU TV and Radio Song Festivals 2012". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest goes to Asia". European Broadcasting Union. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Our Sound – The Asia-Pacific Song Contest defies economic slump". 4 March 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Mikheev, Andy (16 August 2012). "Our Sound - The Asia-Pacific Song Contest". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "ABU to launch 'Asiavision Song Contest'?". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Asiavision contest to begin next year". News.AZ. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "'"ABU to launch 'Asiavision Song Contest.  
  10. ^ Hamzah, Hanizah. "ABU TV Song Festival".  
  11. ^ "'"ABU to launch 'Asiavision Song Contest.  
  12. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2008-09-18). "Asiavision Song Congtest announced for mid-2009". ( 
  13. ^ Kenny, Luke (7 November 2011). "Korea to host ABU radio and TV song festivals". Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  14. ^ a b ABU Radio Song Festival
  15. ^ a b Program at a Glance
  16. ^ "ABU gets leaders’ backing for increased activities". ABU. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "ABU Radio Song Festival 2015". ABU. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  18. ^ a b 1st ABU TV Song Festival - General Guidelines (PDF-Datei)
  19. ^ ABU TV Song Festival: About The Festival
  20. ^ ABU TV Song Festival available for broadcast, 14. September 2012
  21. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 July 2013). "Indonesia bid for the 2015 ATSF". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  22. ^ Mikheev, Andy (18 July 2013). "Indonesia bid for ABU TV Song Festival 2015". Retrieved 7 October 2013. At the conference it has been announced that Indonesia is bidding for organization of ABU TV Song Festival in 2015 with "low cost, high impact" motto, while 2014 event will take place in Macau, China. If successful, that will mean that in 2015 event will be separated from ABU General Assembly which will take place in Istanbul. 
  23. ^ Granger, Anthony (31 August 2014). "Indonesia: Plans To Host ABU TV Song Festival 2016". Eurovoix. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Granger, Anthony (1 September 2014). "ABU TV Song Festival 2014: 12 countries confirmed so far". Eurovoix. Retrieved 1 September 2014. Turkish participation in this years contest also could show that Turkey will be hosting the contest in 2015 alongside the ABU General Meeting. 
  25. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (20 October 2014). "ABU TV Song Festival 2015: Turkey To Host". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "ABU 50th General Assembly and Associated Meetings".  
  27. ^ "3rd ABU TV Song Festival scheduled to take place in Macao 2014". Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

External links

  • ABU Official website
  • ABU Radio Song Festival website
  • ABU TV Song Festival website
  • Our Sound website (outdated)
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