Turkmenistan appears to have withdrawn from competing in the first ABU International Dance Festival next year in Hyderabad, India.

Turkmenistan no longer appears on the list of countries participating in the ABU International Dance Festival 2017. The country was on the list of countries taking part in next months contest as recently as last week, however in the past day it is no longer listed on the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s website. To date the following countries were also announced as participating but no longer appear on the official list, they are:

  • China
  • Sri Lanka
  • Vietnam

To date Turkmenistan has only participated in one ABU televised event. This was the ABU Radio Song Festival 2016 in Beijing, China. At the festival in the Chinese capital, Atajan Berdiyev performed the song “Folk Song” alongside participants from 11 other countries.

The following countries have confirmed their participation in the ABU International Dance Festival 2017:

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Uzbekistan

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