Has it nearly been a year already? 2012 saw the inaugural ABU TV Song Festival, held in Seoul, South Korea. It brought together many members of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union to display their best and brightest musicians, as well as the incredible diverse cultures of Asia. Originally imagined as an Asian counterpart to Eurovision, the festival itself materialised as a non-competitive musical gala. This didn’t detract from the intrigue, and I ended up quite enjoying it (read my review).
There was a competitive sibling though, the ABU Radio Song Festival, which similarly pitted a variety of Asian countries against each other, with each submitting songs that would be judged by an expert panel that awarded a number of prizes. But it appears this is a biannual event, and as such we’ll have to wait until 2014 to hear it again.
The second ABU TV Song Festival will take place on 26 October in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, as the climax to the 50th General Assembly of the ABU. 15 countries are participating, with returning nations China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Vietnam and Afghanistan joined by debuting Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Brunei and Thailand.
If it’s anything like last year it’ll be a real melting pot, but had potential for some great tracks. Unlike Eurovision (in so many ways), the songs don’t have to be written specifically, or even that new. I’m quite excited about it, and I hope I’ll get to see it quite soon after it’s filmed. It’s being broadcast by each participating national broadcaster at some point or another, so it should be on Youtube, and you can read all about it here.
Here’s the slightly less dignified Havana Brown, who represented Australia at the festival last year. Expect more long pretty dresses in the rest of the show though…