Cambodia is a surprise addition to the the first ABU International Dance Festival, with the country being announced as participating by organisers today.

Cambodia will be participating at the first edition of the ABU International Dance Festival this Sunday in Hyderabad, India. The announcement comes as what appears to be a final list of participating countries has been announced by the organisers of the contest. According to reports from the official website and The Hindu, the following countries will be participating in the event this Sunday:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

It is of note that Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam have already returned to the list of countries participating in the contest. All three countries had been removed from the list of participating countries shown on the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union website, but appear in a list released on the festivals website. Mongolia while not mentioned on the contest website is stated to be participating The Hindu.

According to the Hindu the following dance groups and dances are being performed by the newly announced participating countries:

  • Cambodia – The Royal Ballet of Cambodia – Unknown
  • China – Dancers from Tsinghua University – Blooming in the Storm
  • Mongolia – Unknown – Sugsraan Donj
  • Sri Lanka – Unknown – Unknown
  • Vietnam – Unknown – Unknown

The schedule for the contest is as follows:

  • 13 January – Delegations and groups are to arrive in Hyderabad, welcome dinner by the Telengana Government
  • 14 January – Technical rehearsals for all of the participating groups, full run through in the evening with the presenters
  • 15 January – Final run through will occur if dancers wish. Contest will take place in the evening.

The rules for the festival are as follows:

  • Two dances can be submitted per country, one for the traditional dance (showcase/non-competitive) and one for the contemporary dance (competitive).
  • Each performance may last no longer than 8 minutes.
  • Each performance may feature between 2 and 8 people
  • Participants must be aged between 18 and 25 years old at the time of the event.

Source: AIDF, The Hindu