The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has confirmed that the 5th ABU Radio Song Festival will not be taking place in Thailand in 2017.

The ABU has confirmed that following the death of the Thai King, that the 5th ABU Radio Song Festival will not be taking place in Thailand. No details have yet been given by the ABU as to whether the event will be held in another country or whether it will be taking a one year break. To date the only countries that had been confirmed as participating in the event were Indonesia and Thailand.

The ABU Radio Song Festival was first held in Seoul, South Korea in 2012 and started off as a competitive event. The Radio Song Festival is a showcase of unsigned talent from across the Asia-Pacific region with broadcasters invited to submit entries to take place in the event. Since 2014 the Radio Song Festival has been gala event, with juries only selecting the 15 songs to go through to the final of the event.

The following countries have either taken part in the event or submitted a song but not reached the final:

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • Turkmenistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

The 5th ABU Radio Song Festival had been planned to take place on April 27, 2017 with NBT hosting the event in the Thai Capital, Bangkok. The event was to be held alongside RadioAsia 2017, this conference is still taking place.

The following countries have hosted the ABU Radio Song Festival to date:

  • China, Beijing (2016) – 14 countries participated in the final
  • Myanmar, Rangon (2015) – 10 countries participated in the final
  • South Korea, Seoul (2012) – 13 countries participated in the final
  • Sri Lanka, Colombo (2014) – 12 countries participated in the final

You can follow all of Eurovoix World’s ABU Radio Song Festival coverage here.

Source: ABU