Asiavision – We have spoken to Kenny Kihyung Bae, who is in charge of organizing a competition similar to the Eurovision Song Contest for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union ABU. He answered our questions about the progress of the plannings and revealed that the Asian song festival will probably not be as similar to Eurovision as many expected as it will be more a “Gala event” than a competition. Read the entire interview here:
How did you become the project manager of what may become the Asiavision Song Contest?
The ABU Song Festival (Name to be decided) will be held in conjunction with ABU General Assembly in October 2012. As the KBS is hosting ABU General Assembly in 2012, naturally the KBS practically runs the Secretariat of the ABU Song Festival. I am working as Conference Project Manager for Seoul ABU GA.
How advanced are the preparations for the music competition planned by the ABU?
Now, a lot of efforts are made to set up basic terms and conditions of the Song Festival. Official Call For Entries will be announced around March.
Will the competition actually debut in 2013 as reported? Would South Korea be the host?
The ABU will run both TV and Radio Song Festival separately. The KBS, Korean representative public broadcaster will be hosting both events.
Do you already know how many and which countries would be interested in a participation?
We do not know the exact numbers and countries for the participation yet, but about 15 finalists will be participated in the final event in Seoul, and they will be among the ABU members from 50 countries. (heard that many are interested and eager to participated in this event)
Would the show be an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest (including the traditional voting procedure e.t.c) or would it be quite different?
ABU Song Festival and Eurovision could be similar in the sense that both contests have its purpose on ‘exchanging cultures’ through performances, but they will be quite different on how those events are actually formed and formatted. The ABU TV Song Festival is different from Eurovision Song Festival as it is more like Gala Festival rather than Competition. ABU will be announcing the details of rule & condition of the Song Festival in Seoul on its website around March.
Eurovision.tv said you would go to Baku this year to get inspiration. Are you following the Eurovision Song Contest?
There must be lots of lessons that we could learn from European experiences. We, the organizers of ABU Song Festival are looking forward to get inspiration from the Eurovision Song Contest though the scheme for ABU Song Festival is quite different. Also it could be a meaningful opportunity to find a way to collaborate between EBU and ABU broadcasters.
Source= The Eurovision Times