The deadline within which interested broadcasters had to confirm participation in the ABU TV Song Festival 2017 has closed.
Monday night saw the deadline for broadcasters wishing to take part in the ABU TV Song Festival 2017 close. Broadcasters had three weeks within which to submit the necessary paperwork to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, expressing their intent to take part in this years event in Chengdu, China.
The ABU TV Song Festival 2017 will be hosted by Sichuan Radio and Television and is scheduled to take place on November 1st alongside the 54th General Assembly of the ABU. Overseeing the organisation of this years festival are Mr Tatsuhiro Beniko, Mrs Hanizah Hamzah and Ms Lai Kai Yan from the ABU, and Ms. Tang Wangi of the host broadcaster.
Last year a total of 12 countries took to the stage of the ABU TV Song Festival in Bali, Indonesia. This included the debuting nation of Tunisia, while China and Sri Lanka made their return to the contest having last participated in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
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, Vietnam. 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.