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The ABU TV Song Festival is an annual non-competitive gala showcase of songs, based on the Eurovision Song Contest, and is organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). Participating countries which have full or additional full ABU membership are invited to submit a song to be performed in front of a live audience. The television festival which is a non-competitive, musical gala presentation, is live recorded so that each of the national broadcasters may add subtitles in their native languages.

ABU TV Song Festival
ABU TV Song Festival generic logo.svg
Generic logo used for the ABU TV Song Festivals.
GenreSong festival
Created byMarcel Bezençon
No. of episodes3 festivals
Production company(s)Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
DistributorAsia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release14 October 2012; 6 years ago (2012-10-14) –
External links
Official website



The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) had already run an international song contest for its members inspired by the Eurovision Song Contest in 1985 – 1987, called the ABU Popular Song Contest, with 14 countries of the Asia-Pacific region competing.[1] The show had a similar concept to the current radio song festival with winners being chosen by a professional jury. South Korea, New Zealand and Australia celebrated victories in this competition. In 1989 – 1991 ABU co-produced the ABU Golden Kite World Song Festival in Malaysia with participation of Asia-Pacific countries, as well as Yugoslavia and Finland.[1]

Shortly before launching the ABU Song Festival, the ABU had been considering the possibility to organize the ABU ASEAN TV Song Festival in Thailand.[1] Historically, ASEAN song contests had been organized in periods between 1981 and 1997, however since 2011 the ASEAN Festival had been organized between local Radio stations as Bintang Radio ASEAN. The ABU outlined a plan about a "television song festival" based on the style of the Eurovision Song Contest following the cancellation of Our Sound. Kenny Kihyung Bae, chosen to the project manager, attended Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan to learn more about the contest before putting it to work.[2][3]

In November 2011, the ABU announced that they would organize its own TV and Radio Song Festivals to take place in Seoul, the South Korean capital, in time with 49th General Assembly in October 2012.[4] The name Asiavision Song Contest was initially mentioned as a possibility, but they were later officially titled ABU TV Song Festival and ABU Radio Song Festival. According to the ABU, the deadline for participation applications for ABU TV Song Festival 2012 was 18 May 2012.[5][6]


Participation since 2012:
  Entered at least once
  Never entered, although eligible to do so
  Entry intended, but later withdrew

The ABU TV Song Festival is a concert performance for professional musicians, who according to the organiser are well known in their country of origin. The event is not meant to be competitive. The festival will be recorded and is meant to be broadcast by participating ABU members first. Non-participating ABU members and non-ABU member broadcasters will be allowed to broadcast the festival for a fee at a later stage.[7][8][9] Every musician will be selected by a national broadcaster being member of the ABU. The participants perform during the general assembly of the ABU.[7][10]

At a press conference held on 18 July 2013 it was announced that Indonesia were submitting a bid to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2015.[11] In recent editions, the TV Festival has been held in the host city of the ABU General Assembly, with Istanbul, Turkey playing host to such assembly in 2015. If the bid were to be successful it would be the first time that the TV Festival has taken place away from the host country of the General Assembly.[12]

However, it was announced in August 2014 that Indonesia were making plans to host the ABU TV Song Festival 2016 instead.[13] Turkey's début at the 2014 Festival has led to speculation that they are hosting the 2015 alongside the ABU General Assembly which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul.[14] It was further confirmed in October 2014 that Turkey were indeed the hosts of the 2015 festival, which is scheduled to take place in Istanbul sometime in October 2015.[15]


Table key
  Withdrawn – Countries who have participated in the past but have withdrawn.
Country[16] Débutante year Withdrawing year Returning year Number of entries Wins Broadcaster(s)
  Afghanistan 2012 2014 2015 5 Radio Television Afghanistan, Ariana Television Network
  Australia 2012 2015 3 Special Broadcasting Service
  Brunei 2013 2015 3 Radio Television Brunei
  China 2012 2015 2016 5 China Central Television, Sichuan Radio and Television
  Hong Kong 2012 6 Television Broadcasts Limited
  India 2015 2016 2017 3 Doordarshan
  Indonesia 2012 6 Television of the Republic of Indonesia
  Iran 2013 2014 1 Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Soroush Media Corporation
  Japan 2012 6 Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  Kazakhstan 2015 3 Kazmedia Ortalygy
  Kyrgyzstan 2013 2014 1 Kyrgyz Public Broadcasting
  Macau 2014 4 Macau Television Broadcasting
  Malaysia 2012 2014, 2016 2015, 2017 4 Radio Television Malaysia
  Maldives 2014 4 Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation
  Mongolia 2012[a], 2016[b] 1 Mongolian National Broadcaster
  Qatar 2018 Qatar Media Corporation
  Singapore 2012 2014 2 Media Corporation of Singapore
  South Korea 2012 6 Korean Broadcasting System
  Sri Lanka 2012 2014, 2017 2016 3 Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
  Thailand 2013 2015 2 National Broadcasting Services of Thailand
  Tunisia 2015[c], 2016 1 Arab States Broadcasting Union
  Turkey 2014 2016 2018 2 Turkish Radio and Television Corporation
  Turkmenistan 2017 1 Turkmen Television
  Vietnam 2012 6 Vietnam Television
  Zambia 2017 1 African Union of Broadcasting

Other ABU membersEdit

The following list of ABU members are eligible to participate in the ABU TV Song Festival, but have yet to make their début appearance.


Year Date Host country Host city Venue Participants
2012 14 October 2012   South Korea[17] Seoul KBS Hall 11
2013 26 October 2013   Vietnam[18] Hanoi Hanoi Opera House 15
2014 25 October 2014   Macau[19] Macau Sands Theatre 12
2015 28 October 2015   Turkey[15] Istanbul Istanbul Congress Center 12
2016 22 October 2016[20]   Indonesia Bali[20] Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre 12
2017 1 November 2017[21]   China Chengdu S1 SRT Studio 14
2018 2 October 2018   Turkmenistan Ashgabat Ashgabat Olympic Stadium 16
2019 19 November 2019   Japan[22] Shibuya NHK Hall

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Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ Mongolia had initially selected Naran with the song "Nudnii shil (Shades)", but subsequently withdrew their participation on 14 September 2012.
  2. ^ Mongolia had initially selected Sweetymotion after replacing the act for Naran, but subsequently withdrew their participation for a second time on 13 October 2016.
  3. ^ Tunisia had initially announced their debut at the ABU TV Song Festival 2015, but later withdrew prior to the festival taking place.


  1. ^ a b c Mikheev, Andy (16 August 2012). "Participants - ABU TV and Radio Song Festivals 2012". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  2. ^ "ABU to launch 'Asiavision Song Contest'?". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Asiavision contest to begin next year". News.AZ. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  4. ^ "ABU to launch 'Asiavision Song Contest'". EBU. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  5. ^ Hamzah, Hanizah. "ABU TV Song Festival". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  6. ^ "ABU to launch 'Asiavision Song Contest'". EBU. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  7. ^ a b 1st ABU TV Song Festival - General Guidelines (PDF-Datei)
  8. ^ ABU TV Song Festival: About The Festival Archived 2013-01-07 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ ABU TV Song Festival available for broadcast, 14. September 2012
  10. ^ Program at a Glance Archived December 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 July 2013). "Indonesia bid for the 2015 ATSF". Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  12. ^ Mikheev, Andy (18 July 2013). "Indonesia bid for ABU TV Song Festival 2015". Retrieved 7 October 2013. At the conference it has been announced that Indonesia is bidding for organization of ABU TV Song Festival in 2015 with "low cost, high impact" motto, while 2014 event will take place in Macau, China. If successful, that will mean that in 2015 event will be separated from ABU General Assembly which will take place in Istanbul.
  13. ^ Granger, Anthony (31 August 2014). "Indonesia: Plans To Host ABU TV Song Festival 2016". Eurovoix. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  14. ^ Granger, Anthony (1 September 2014). "ABU TV Song Festival 2014: 12 countries confirmed so far". Eurovoix. Retrieved 1 September 2014. Turkish participation in this years contest also could show that Turkey will be hosting the contest in 2015 alongside the ABU General Meeting.
  15. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (20 October 2014). "ABU TV Song Festival 2015: Turkey To Host". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  16. ^ Granger, Anthony (27 October 2014). "All you need to know about the ABU TV Song Festival". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 2014-10-27. Retrieved 27 October 2014. Who could debut at this years contest?
  17. ^ "ABU Song Festival 2012". Korean Broadcasting System. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  18. ^ "ABU 50th General Assembly and Associated Meetings". ABU. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  19. ^ "3rd ABU TV Song Festival scheduled to take place in Macao 2014". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  20. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (24 March 2016). "Indonesia ABU TV Song Festival 2016 to be held October 22 in Bali". Eurovoix. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  21. ^ Granger, Anthony (18 April 2017). "ABU TV Song Festival 2017 participation deadline window closes". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  22. ^ "ABU TV Song Festival 2019 To Be Held At The NHK Hall". 21 June 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2019.

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