Qatar is set to participate in the ABU TV Song Festival and ABU Radio Song Festival for the first time this year as the Qatar Media Corporation signs a deal with the ABU.
Qatar is to become the latest nation to participate in both the ABU TV Song Festival and ABU Radio Song Festival, as the ABU confirms that they will be taking part in both of these events in 2018. Following an agreement between the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and the Qatar Media Corporation to work more closely together, it was confirmed that participation in the two ABU Song Festivals will take place.
The artist and song that will represent Qatar in Kazakhstan at the ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 has yet to be revealed, but is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. They join Turkey and the host nation of Kazakhstan in debuting in this years festival.
Qatar becomes the twenty third nation to have participated in the ABU TV Song Festival. Last years show in Chengdu, China saw Turkmenistan and Zambia make their debut appearances in the event. It is the first time that a nation from the Middle East will have participated in the event.
The ABU Radio Song Festival 2018 will be held on July 11 as part of RadioAsia which is taking place 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.
While the ABU TV Song Festival 2018 will be held on October 2nd in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The venue for this years festival has yet to be confirmed.