The first participants in the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 have been revealed today by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

The ABU has revealed the names of the the first groups participating in the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 in Hyderabad, India. The list released today shows that for the first time Azerbaijan will be taking part in an ABU festival. The festival will take place on January 15.

The list of countries and dances being performed is as follows:

  • Afghanistan – (Name not known) – Traditional
  • Azerbaijan – Uzundara – Traditional
  • Fiji – Meke – Traditional
  • India – Chaitanaya – Contemporary
  • India – Andaz-e-Raqs – Traditional
  • Indonesia – Bala Turangga – Traditional
  • Indonesia – Kabaret Baliano – Contemporary
  • Indonesia – Tari Saman – Traditional
  • Maldives – (Name not known) – Traditional
  • Mongolia – Cranes – Contemporary
  • Mongolia – Sugsraan donj – Traditional
  • Philippines – Yet to be announced
  • Turkmenistan – Yet to be announced
  • Uzbekistan – Lezgi – Traditional

To date three contemporary dances have been announced for the contest, while eight have been announced in the traditional category. The list released today the ABU does not feature China, Sri Lanka or Vietnam who were announced as participants last week. While Fiji and Turkmenistan have now appeared back on the list having previously been dropped from it.

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: ABU