The Ministry of Information and Communications in Kazakhstan has reported that the first edition of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest will be held in October 2018.
According to Tengri News, the Ministry of Information and Communication of Kazakhstan has stated that the first edition of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest will be held in October 2018. The news comes as the Ministry confirmed today that Khabar Agency is currently in negotiations about taking part in the first edition of the competition.
The Executive Producer of the Eurovision Asia Song Contest, Paul Clarke stated in May of 2017 that the organisers were aiming to hold the competition for the first time in 2018. When the contest was first announced in March of 2016 it had been hoped that the contest will be held in 2017, however a number of hurdles have had to be overcome since then. Due to the hurdles Mr Clarke felt that it is not possible for a contest built around public broadcasters to work in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Eurovision Asia Song Contest which was announced in March 2016 is expected to see around 20 countries compete in the Asian spin-off of the 61-year-old Eurovision Song Contest which is held annually in Europe. The contest would be the first time that a Eurovision spin-off has been successfully held outside of Europe. Previously the European Broadcasting Union has sold the rights to the contest in Asia, the Arab World and is looking at a US contest.
The three cities that have expressed a serious interest in hosting are:
- Hong Kong
- Sydney, Australia
The following countries have also either confirmed their participation or shown an interest in participating:
- Australia (Confirmed)
- China (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Japan (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Kazakhstan (In negotiations regarding participation)
- Maldives (Interest in participating)
- New Zealand (Interest in participating)
- Papua New Guinea (Interest in participating)
- Solomon Islands (Interest in participating)
- South Korea (Possible Steering Group Member)
- Vanuatu (Interest in participating)
Source: Tengri News