Thursday, September 13, 2012


ABU Radio Song Festival Debuts in Seoul

The inaugural edition of the ABU Festival commenced this year and will culminate in a grand finale on 11 October in conjunction with the ABU annual meetings in Seoul. Fourteen finalists will showcase their performances live in front of an audience.

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has set up a biennial radio song and music festival featuring radio artistes of its members.The Festival will showcase and recognize relatively unknown musical talents of countries in the Asia Pacific region, recognising the diversity obtained in their song and music. The festival provides an international gateway for the winning composers and artistes. Music reflects the diversity of cultures within cultures as well as diversity across borders. The festival is not about the established stars, it is about those making music in their own back yards and in their communities.

Expressing satisfaction on development of this project, Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary-General, said, “I am delighted with the way the Radio Song Festival has progressed. The festival has promoted a great deal of collaboration and interaction among ABU radio broadcasters.”

The Festival has been designed and put together by a working group comprising experts of 10 ABU radio members. The group planned and developed a sustainable and inclusive framework for this song festival.

The inaugural ABU Radio Song Festival was launched in June 2012 and songs of 26 artistes were offered by 18 ABU members from all over Asia and the Pacific.

A dedicated website ( ) has been launched showcasing the original music and tracks of the participating artistes so that ABU members and general public could play the songs. The idea is to promote this project and offer a variety of original music to the public, opening a gateway to the music and culture of the participating member countries.

On the Song Festival Gala Nigh on October 11, different artistes /groups from Australia, Brunei, Bhutan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia and Vietnam will perform. An international panel of judges will identify the three best performances based on originality, vocal quality and imaging. 

The gala event is being hosted by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and the finale show will span two hours. 

About the ABU

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasting organisations, formed in 1964 to facilitate the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region. It provides a forum for promoting the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters, and engages in activities to encourage regional and international cooperation between broadcasters. It currently has more than 220 members in about 60 countries, with its broadcaster members reaching a potential audience of about 3 billion people. The ABU is the third largest of the world’s eight broadcasting unions, but covers the largest geographic area of the world. For more information, please visit

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