ABU Radio Song Festival 2014

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For the TV Festival, see ABU TV Song Festival 2014.
ABU Radio Song Festival 2014
Final date 23 May 2014[1]
Executive supervisor Vijay Sadhu[3]
Host broadcaster Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)[1]
Number of entries 12
Debuting countries
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries
Voting system Each performer received a 'Token of Appreciation' from the festival organiser's.
ABU Radio Song Festival
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The ABU Radio Song Festival 2014 will be the second edition of the biennial Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Radio Song Festivals. The festival is scheduled to take place on the 23 May 2014 at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, which is located in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo.[1] However, the Stein Studios has now been confirmed as the new venue. Twelve countries have been confirmed to participate this year.[4]


For more details on the host city, see Colombo.
Location of the host city in Sri Lanka.

Colombo is the largest city and the commercial, industrial and cultural capital of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte suburb or the parliament capital of Sri Lanka. Colombo is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka and the district capital of Colombo District. Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte is a satellite city of Colombo. Colombo is a busy and vibrant place with a mixture of modern life and colonial buildings and ruins[5] with a population of about 752,993 in the city limits. It was the political capital of Sri Lanka, before Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte.

The original venue selected to host the festival was the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, in Colombo.[1] The theatre is equipped with ultra modern facilities such as an auditorium with 1,288 seats, a library, and training facilities.[6]

On March 21, 2014, ABU announced Stein Studios will be the new venue for this year's edition.[4] Its Founders Block studio is over 15,600sq ft (1500 sq m) in area and can turn into a 2000-seat theater.[7]


Unlike the format used in the Eurovision Song Contest there are two versions of the Song Festivals, ABU Radio and ABU TV Song Festivals. The ABU Radio Song Festival which will take place on 23 May 2014 will coincide with the Radio Asia 2014 event that is scheduled to take place between 22–24 May 2014.[8]

Participating countries[edit]

A total of 12 countries have so far been announced as taking part in this years contest.[9][10] Host country Sri Lanka, who withdrew prior to the inaugural 2012 festival, and Thailand will make their debut at the radio song festival whilst Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Vanuatu and Vietnam withdrew from the radio festival this year.

Unlike the 2012 festival, this year's festival had no awards presented to the top five acts. The festival organiser's presented 'Tokens of Appreciation' to the performers as a sign of recognition of the diverse range of musical genre.[11]

Order of performance[edit]

Draw[11] Country[11] Artist[11] Song[11] Language[11] English Translation
01  Malaysia Mohd Rizal Ahmad Di Sudut Kamar Hatiku Malay In the Corner of My Heart Room
02  Pakistan Marryum Hussain The soft song of peace Urdu  —
03  Iran Moghtada Gharbavi Bezar Asheget Bemoonam (Let me remain your lover) Persian Let's stay in love with you
04  Thailand PRD Band Kwam Smakki (Unity) Thai  —
05  Brunei Neff Aslee Juliet English  —
06  Singapore Nur Hasanah Zakaria Boneka Ku Hilang Malay My Puppet Is Lost
07  India Mangka Mayanglambam Tamla Loibi Napom Meithei  —
08  Iran Peyman Talebi Wave of the infinity English  —
09  Australia Iluka 12th of July English  —
10  Sri Lanka Shehara Liyanage (Shey)[12] Something Bout’ You & I English  —
11  South Korea Seokwan Ryu A regular Korean  —
12  Sri Lanka Super Stars Boot song English  —

Other countries[edit]

  •  Bhutan – On 30 December 2013, the station manager of Centennial Radio confirmed to Eurovoix.com that they would not be taking part in the 2014 contest.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "2nd ABU Radio Song Festival 2014ABU Radio Song Festival: Festival Date Moved Back to May 23". 
  2. ^ "ABU Radio Song Festival finalists chosen". ABU. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "RadioAsia2014 Conference & ABU Radio Song Festival 2014". radioasia.org. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "ABU Radio Song Festival finalists chosen". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Jayewarden+-e, Mr. "How Colombo Derived its Name". Retrieved 2007-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Rs. 2,430 m Performing Arts Theatre at Nomads Grounds". Daily News. 22 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Founders Block". SteinStudio. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Radio Asia 2014 dates confirmed". ABU. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony. "ABU Radio Song Festival 2014: The Songs Are Revealed". Eurovoix. Eurovoix. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "ABU Radio Song Festival 2014: Indonesia & Vietnam To Participate". Eurovoix. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Mikheev, Andy (23 May 2014). "List of the finalists". ESCKaz. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sri Lanka: ABU Radio Song Festival Entry Revealed". Eurovoix. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bhutan: Will Not Take Part In ABU Radio Song Festival 2014". Eurovoix. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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