Further changes have occurred to the line up for the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 as another country withdraws from the contest.

With the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 taking place next week in Hyderabad, India another change to the line up of participating countries has occurred. The withdrawal of China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam who were removed from the official list a number of weeks ago has now been confirmed by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Furthermore Turkmenistan’s withdrawal has been confirmed alongside that of Mongolia who had selected dancers to take part in the event.

One country has joined the line up, Malaysia. Malaysia’s participation in the festival is being organised by Astro. Astro are a satellite pay TV provider and broadcasts within both Malaysia and Brunei. This is the first time that Astro has participated in an ABU festival. Malaysia has not announced what dances they will be performing at the festival.

A total of nine countries represented by thirteen dance groups have been selected they are:

  • Afghanistan – (Unknown style of performance) – Traditional (RTA)
  • Azerbaijan – Uzundara – Traditional (ITV)
  • Fiji – Meke – Traditional (FBC)
  • India – Chaitanya – Contemporary (DD)
  • India – Andaz-e- Raqs – Traditional (DD)
  • Indonesia – Kabaret Baliano – Contemporary (RRI)
  • Indonesia – Bala Turangga – Traditional (RRI)
  • Indonesia – Tari Saman – Traditional (TVRI)
  • Malaysia – To be announced
  • Maldives – (Unknown style of performance) – Traditional (PSM)
  • Philippines – Sarimanok – Contemporary (CTC)
  • Philippines – Singkil – Traditional (CTC)
  • Uzbekistan – Lezgi – Traditional (MTRK)

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