Ten countries have been confirmed as competing in the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 in Hyderabad, India.

Ten countries will be competing in the first edition of the ABU International Dance Festival in Hyderabad, India. For the first time both Fiji and the Philippines will be making their appearance at an Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union event. The final of the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 will be taking place on January 15, with dancers competing in two categories.

Confirmed as competing are:

  • Afghanistan
  • China
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Organisers Doordarshan had previously announced that Turkmenistan would be competing in the contest however they have been dropped from the line up. Fiji had been due to compete in the first ABU Radio Song Festival 2012 in Seoul, South Korea however withdrew from the contest for unknown reasons.

Mongolia will also be making their debut in an ABU event, having previously been announced as participating in the ABU TV Song Festival 2016 and 2012, but withdrawing before the event took place. The Philippines is also debuting this year having last competed in an ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in 1991.

The schedule for the contest is as follows:

  • 13 January – Delegations and groups are to arrive in Hyderabad, welcome dinner by the Telengana Government
  • 14 January – Technical rehearsals for all of the participating groups, full run through in the evening with the presenters
  • 15 January – Final run through will occur if dancers wish. Contest will take place in the evening.

The rules for the festival are as follows:

  • Two dances can be submitted per country, one for the traditional dance (showcase/non-competitive) and one for the contemporary dance (competitive).
  • Each performance may last no longer than 8 minutes.
  • Each performance may feature between 2 and 8 people
  • Participants must be aged between 18 and 25 years old at the time of the event.

Source: ABU