| 15 January 2017|
Prasar Bharati (PB)
| Adity Nagori|
| Shilpakala Vedika, Hyderabad, India|
See participating countries below
The ABU International Dance Festival 2017 will be the inaugural ABU International Dance Festival, which is scheduled to take place in Shilpakala Vedika, in Hyderabad, India on 15 January 2017. Indian national broadcasters Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR), which are part of the public broadcasting agency Prasar Bharati (PB), will be in charge of organising the event. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in New Delhi in November 2016, but was later moved to a new host city and the festival dates subsequently changed. The competition is for amateur dancers between the ages of 18 and 25, who will perform two dance routines. As this is the inaugural festival, all participating countries will be making their debut. Seventeen acts from thirteen countries have confirmed their participation.
ABU International Dance Festival 2017 Wikipedia
On 8 June 2016, it was announced that the inaugural ABU International Dance Festival will take place in Hyderabad, India. The festival was originally going to be held in New Delhi, but was later changed to a new host city and the festival dates subsequently changed. India was chosen by the ABU to host the first edition, as the nation has a history of cultural dance. India has several festivals with a dance and cultural background, and so the ABU selected the country to host so that they could showcase their expertise and achieve the goals of the festival organisation.
The ABU International Dance Festival will be the inaugural International Dance Festival, organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Indian national broadcasters Doordarshan (DD) and All India Radio (AIR), which are part of the public broadcasting agency Prasar Bharati (PB). The festival is scheduled to take place on 15 January 2017. The rules of the festival state that all dance routines must last no longer than eight minutes, and may consist of 2 to 8 people in the routine. All dancers must be between the ages of 18 and 25.
Originally the festival was going to be open to all styles of dance including classical and street. However, upon the changes to the format, all participating country are now allowed to submit two dances, one traditional which will be non-competitive, and one contemporary which will be the competitive routine. Registration for countries wishing to participate in the festival began on 31 May 2016 and was scheduled to conclude on 25 June 2016. However, the deadline has been extended to 15 July 2016.
The following list of countries that have confirmed participation, will be making their debut at the inaugural festival at the moment:
The following countries appeared on the original participating list, but subsequently disappeared upon publication of the second list, with no reasons for their removal. China