Kazakhstan has been revealed as the host country for the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018, which is scheduled to take place in July.
Kazmedia has been announced as the host broadcaster for the 2018 ABU Radio Song Festival, which is to take place in Astana. The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union revealed today at the General Assembly in Chengdu, China that Kazakhstan had been selected as the venue for Media 2020, RadioAsia and the ABU Radio Song Festival.
The date of the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 has not been confirmed, however the three events are to be held between July 10 and July 12 at the Kazmedia Center. The Kazmedia Center is a purpose built facility, featuring media studios, newsrooms as well as a concert hall.
The ABU Radio Song Festival took a one-year break in 2017, with the event cancelled following the death of the former Thai King in 2016. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, lead to the host broadcaster of the event having to defer the hosting of the ABU Radio Song Festival.
The first festival in 2012 was held as a competitive event, with 13 songs being selected by a jury to compete in the live contest in Seoul, South Korea. A jury made up of fourteen members from nine countries, then voted on the songs. The winner was Billy Acoustie who was representing South Korea with the song “For A Rest”. Since 2014 the festival has been held as a gala event.