It appears that the first ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest will be held during October 2017 in Sichuan, China.
The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has previously confirmed that China will be the host country for the first edition of the ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest. It has now been announced by the ABU that Sichuan, China will be the venue for the next ABU General Assembly in 2017. Traditionally the ABU has organised large television or radio events alongside meetings.
The 2017 ABU General Assembly is scheduled to be held between the 18th and the 23rd of October 2017. This means that it is likely that the contest will be held on either the 20th or the 21st of October, a Friday or Saturday night.
The ABU has yet to officially confirm the host city, the date of the contest or the host broadcaster.Â It is expected that the host broadcaster will be Hunan Television. The broadcaster proposed the song contest under its initial the â€œABU Cup TV Song Contestâ€ in 2015. Hunan Television has previous experience in working with and broadcasting international song contests. Since 2015 the broadcaster has shown the Eurovision Song Contest live to Chinese audiences, sending a commentary team and delegation to the contest. Furthermore Sichuan Television this year debuted in the ABU TV Song Festival in Bali, and may co-operate with the organisation of such a contest.
The ABU Asia-Pacific Song Contest is the first competitive international song contest to be organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union since 1991. The ABU for three years held the ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in Malaysia. Over those three years over 20 countries participated in the contest including the likes of Nepal, Jordan, Hong Kong and Indonesia.
More details about the contest are expected to be revealed in the coming months.