The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has made an open call to its members wishing to participate in the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018.
The ABU has started its search for broadcasters and artists wishing to take part in the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union is calling on its member broadcasters to register their interest in the festival which will be held in Central Asia for the first time.
Olya Boolar the new Head of Radio at ABU stated;
Every ABU Member country has super talented young men and women just burning to burst onto the international music scene. The ABU Radio Song Festival is the vehicle they are looking for.
The ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 will be held on July 11 as part of RadioAsia which is taking place between July 10 and July 12 at the Kazmedia Center. The Kazmedia Center is a purpose built facility, featuring media studios, newsrooms as well as a concert hall.
The ABU Radio Song Festival took a one-year break in 2017, with the event cancelled following the death of the former Thai King in 2016. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, lead to the host broadcaster of the event having to defer the hosting of the ABU Radio Song Festival.
The first festival in 2012 was held as a competitive event, with 13 songs being selected by a jury to compete in the live contest in Seoul, South Korea. A jury made up of fourteen members from nine countries, then voted on the songs. The winner was Billy Acoustie who was representing South Korea with the song “For A Rest”. Since 2014 the festival has been held as a gala event.