The date for the sixth edition of the ABU TV Song Festival has been changed to November 1st as the festival makes its first appearance in China.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has confirmed a change of date for the ABU TV Song Festival 2017. The event was originally announced as being held on October 25th but has now been moved to November 1st. The ABU TV Song Festival will be hosted for the first time in China in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. Chengdu is home to over 14 million people and is the fifth largest city in China. The venue for the festival has not yet been confirmed.

The ABU are yet to formally open the period within which countries can apply to participate in the festival. In 2016 countries had until mid-April to submit the required paperwork to take part in the event in Bali, Indonesia. Countries must be represented by top class solo or group performers. The rules of the event state that the performers should reflect their country’s culture and should be performed in the national language of their country.

The festival is open to up to 15 countries to participate in the event. The largest festival to date occurred in 2013 when a record 15 countries took to the stage in Hanoi, Vietnma. In past years the following countries have taken part:

  • Afghanistan – (2012, 2015 to date)
  • Australia – (2012 to 2014)
  • Brunei – (2013 to 2014)
  • China – (2012 to date)
  • Hong Kong – (2012 to date)
  • India – (2015)
  • Indonesia – (2012 to date)
  • Iran – (2013)
  • Japan – (2012 to date)
  • Kazakhstan – (2015 to date)
  • Kyrgyzstan – (2013)
  • Macau – (2014 to date)
  • Malaysia – (2012 to 2013, 2015)
  • Maldives – (2014 to date)
  • Singapore – (2012 to 2013)
  • South Korea – (2012 to date)
  • Sri Lanka – (2012 to 2013, 2016)
  • Thailand – (2013 to 2014)
  • Tunisia – (2016)
  • Turkey – (2014 to 2015)
  • Vietnam – (2012 to date)

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union has also yet to reveal anymore information about the delayed ABU Radio Song Festival 2017. The event was due to take place in April but has been taken away from Thailand following the death of their King last year.

Source: Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union