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ABU Radio Song Festival 2016

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Final  26 April 2016
Withdrawing countries  Brunei
ABU Radio Song Festival 2016
Venue  China National Radio Auditorium, Beijing, China
Host broadcaster  China National Radio (CNR)
Number of entries  13 songs from 10 countries
Debuting countries  China  Macau    Nepal  Romania  Turkmenistan

The ABU Radio Song Festival 2016 was the fourth edition of the ABU Radio Song Festivals, organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). Originally a biennial event, the festival organisers changed its format to an annual festival commencing from 2014. The festival took place on 26 April 2016 in Beijing, China. Thirteen songs from ten countries took part in the festival. The hosts China, along with Macau, Nepal, Romania, and Turkmenistan all made their début in the festival. Brunei had withdrawn from the festival stating that they had not received an invitation to participate from the broadcasting union. Indonesia failed to qualify from the pre-selection stage of the festival.



It was announced that the 2016 ABU Radio Song Festival would take place in Beijing, China.


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 took place alongside the Radio Asia 2016 event took place in April 2016.

Host broadcaster

China National Radio (CNR), was the host broadcaster for the festival on 26 April 2016.

Participating Countries

A total of fourteen countries took part in this years festival. Host country China made their début in this years festival along with Macau, Nepal, Romania and Turkmenistan. Brunei withdrew from the contest. The following entries had been selected by the ABU to participate in the final of the ABU Radio Song Festival 2016.

Did Not Qualify

Of the seventeen preliminary entries, thirteen were selected to proceed to the final of the ABU Radio Song Festival. The remaining three did not qualify (as shown in the following table)

Other countries

  •  Brunei - Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) announced on 20 February 2016 that they had not been invited to the festival, making their participation unlikely.
  • References

    ABU Radio Song Festival 2016 Wikipedia

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