The ABU Radio Song Festival 2014 was the second edition of the biennial ABU Radio Song Festivals, organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). The festival took place on 23 May 2014 in the Sri Lankan city of Colombo. The Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre was originally chosen as the host venue, but was later moved to the Stein Studios. Twelve countries participated the song festival. The festival was to be originally hosted by ABC Australia however for unknown reasons this did not occur.
|ABU Radio Song Festival 2014|
|Final||23 May 2014|
|Executive supervisor||Vijay Sadhu|
|Host broadcaster||Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)|
|Number of entries||12|
|Voting system||Each performer received a 'Token of Appreciation' from the festival organiser's.|
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 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. The theatre is equipped with ultra modern facilities such as an auditorium with 1,288 seats, a library, and training facilities.
On 21 March 2014, ABU announced Stein Studios would be the new venue for this year's edition. Its Founders Block studio is over 15,600sq ft (1500 sq m) in area and can turn into a 2000-seat theater.
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 took place on 23 May 2014 coincided with the Radio Asia 2014 event that took place between 22–24 May 2014.
A total of 12 countries took part in this years festival. Host country Sri Lanka, who withdrew prior to the inaugural 2012 festival, and Thailand made 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.
|01||Malaysia||Mohd Rizal Ahmad||Di Sudut Kamar Hatiku||Malay|
|02||Pakistan||Marryum Hussain||The soft song of peace||Urdu|
|03||Iran||Moghtada Gharbavi||Bezar Asheget Bemoonam||Persian|
|04||Thailand||PRD Band||Kwam Smakki||Thai|
|06||Singapore||Nur Hasanah Zakaria||Boneka Ku Hilang||Malay|
|07||India||Mangka Mayanglambam||Tamla Loibi Napom||Meithei|
|08||Iran||Peyman Talebi||Wave of the infinity||English|
|10||Sri Lanka||Shehara Liyanage||Something Bout’ You & I||English|
|11||South Korea||Seokwan Ryu||A regular||Korean|
|12||Sri Lanka||Super Stars||Boot song||English|
Of the sixteen preliminary entries, twelve were selected to proceed to the final of the ABU Radio Song Festival. The remaining four did not qualify (as shown in the following table)
|Brunei||Rapul Rezal||Inilah Sebenarnya||Malay|
|India||Abhijith Kishan||Be The Change||English|
|Iran||Mohammad Saveh||Fountain of the Sun||Persian|
The ABU Radio Song Festival 2012 was the first edition of the biennial ABU Radio Song Festivals, organised by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). The festival took place in the KBS Hall, which is located in the South Korean capital of Seoul and coincided with the 49th general assembly of the ABU. The ABU Radio Song Festival attracted twenty-six original entries representing eighteen radio broadcasters from fifteen countries, which competed in a preliminary jury round. The juries selected thirteen entries from twelve radio broadcasters in ten countries to qualify for the final show which was held on 11 October 2012. Fifteen entries were originally selected to participate in the grand final. However, Fiji and Sri Lanka withdrew from the radio competition prior to the final show, and thus only thirteen entries participated in the competition on 11 October 2012.South Korea won the Grand Prix award with the song "For a Rest" performed by boy band Billy Acoustie. Danielle Blakey representing Australia won the gold award with the song "Fearless", Brunei received the silver award with the song "Yang Terindah (So Beautiful)" performed by Maria Aires, with Sammy Ray Jones also representing Australia receiving the bronze award with his song "Rinet". K-Town Clan representing Malaysia received the special jury award with their song "Party Animal". The next edition was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.ABU TV Song Festival 2014
The ABU TV Song Festival 2014 was the third annual edition of the ABU TV Song Festival. The festival, which is non-competitive, took place on the 25 October 2014 at Sands Theatre in Macau, China and coinciding with the 51st General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) which took place between 22 and 28 October 2014. Twelve countries confirmed their participation. The Maldives, Turkey as well as the host country Macau made their début at the festival.
Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka all withdrew from the festival.Australia in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Australia have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. Commercial Radio Australia, Australia's industry body, has been the organiser of the Australian entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Bhutan in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Bhutan have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival once. The Bhutanese broadcaster, Centennial Radio, has been the organiser of the Bhutanese entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Brunei in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Brunei have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival once. The Bruneian broadcaster, Radio Televisyen Brunei, has been the organiser of the Bruneian entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 59th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, following Emmelie de Forest's win at the 2013 contest in Malmö, Sweden with the song "Only Teardrops". This was the third time that Denmark hosted the contest, the most recent previous occasion being in 2001. The two semi-finals took place on 6 and 8 May 2014, and the final on 10 May 2014. The shows were presented by Lise Rønne, Nikolaj Koppel and Pilou Asbæk.The show organisers from Copenhagen all in all spent 112 million Danish kroner on the contest; three times more than what was expected and were furthermore highly accused of cases of nepotism within the organisation. The host broadcaster, DR, chose the B&W Hallerne as the host venue after considering several bids from cities and venues across Denmark.Thirty-seven countries participated; this includes the return of Poland and Portugal after absences of two years and one year respectively. Overall, there were two fewer countries competing compared to the previous year, making thirty-seven participants, the smallest number since 2006. Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Serbia announced their withdrawal from the 2014 Contest. San Marino and Montenegro both qualified for the final for the first time. The winner was Conchita Wurst with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", written by Charley Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, and Julian Maas for Austria. This was Austria's first win in the competition since 1966. Jokes made about Wurst had sparked controversy, whilst Russia were booed several times during the contest. Netherlands and Sweden finished second and third respectively with the former achieving their best result since their victory in the 1975 Contest. Armenia finished fourth, which equals their best result to date, while Hungary finished fifth, achieving its best result since its fourth place in 1994. Of the "Big Five", only Ruth Lorenzo of Spain achieved a place in the top ten, while Italy got its worst result ever, ending at 21st place.
A new record of 195 million viewers for the Eurovision Song Contest was reported. The official compilation album of the 2014 Contest was released by Universal Music Group on 14 April 2014, and featured all 37 songs from the contest, including the official #JoinUs theme performed during the interval act of the grand final. The host broadcaster, DR, and the EBU won the International TV Award at the Ondas Awards for their production of the contest.Eurovision Young Musicians 2014
The Eurovision Young Musicians 2014 was the seventeenth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, held outside the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, on 31 May 2014. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), musicians from fourteen countries participated in the televised final. This was the fifth time that the competition was held on an open-air stage. Germany previously hosted the contest in 2002.All participants performed a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the WDR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kristiina Poska. This year, 14 countries participated in the contest. Malta and Moldova made their debut at the Eurovision Young Musicians. Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Ukraine withdrew from this year's competition. Hungary returned for the first time since 2000. Sweden last took part in 2010, whilst Portugal had not entered since hosting in 1996.
Ziyu He of Austria won the contest, with Slovenia and Hungary placing second and third respectively.
In 2014 Austria also won the Eurovision Song Contest.Index of Sri Lanka-related articles
The following is an alphabetical list of topics related to Sri Lanka.Index of Sri Lanka-related articles (A)
This page lists Sri Lanka-related articles with titles beginning with an alphabet letter A.India in the ABU Radio Song Festival
India have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival three times. The Indian broadcaster, All India Radio, has been the organiser of the Indian entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Indonesia in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Indonesia have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. The Indonesian broadcaster, Radio Republik Indonesia, has been the organiser of the Indonesian entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Iran in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Iran has participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. The Iranian broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, has been the organiser of the Iranian entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 12th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and took place, for the first time, in Malta. This was the third time that the contest was hosted by the previous year's winning country. Maltese national broadcaster PBS was the host broadcaster for the event. The final took place on 15 November 2014 and was in the Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa, near Valletta. Moira Delia, a Maltese television personality, hosted the show, marking the first time in Junior Eurovision history that there was only one presenter of the show.
A total of sixteen countries participated, with Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia making their debuts. The winner of the contest was Vincenzo Cantiello, who represented Italy with the song "Tu primo grande amore". Bulgaria and Armenia finished in second and third place, respectively. This was Italy's first victory in a Eurovision competition since the last edition of Jeux Sans Frontières in 1999, and also marked the first time since the inaugural 2003 contest that a country had won in its débutante year.Malaysia in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Malaysia have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. The Malaysian broadcaster, Radio Televisyen Malaysia, has been the organiser of the Malaysian entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre
The Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre (Sinhala: නෙළුම් පොකුණ මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ රඟහල nelum pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa rangahala) (often known as Nelum Pokuna; previously the National Performing Arts Theatre, prior to naming at the opening ceremony; Mahinda Rajapaksa is a former President of Sri Lanka) is a performing arts centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theatre opened on 15 December 2011.Pakistan in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Pakistan have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. The Pakistani broadcaster, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, has been the organiser of the Pakistani entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Singapore in the ABU Radio Song Festival
Singapore have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. The Singaporean broadcaster, Media Corporation of Singapore, has been the organiser of the Singaporean entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.South Korea in the ABU Radio Song Festival
South Korea have participated in the ABU Radio Song Festival twice. The Korean broadcaster, KBS 2FM, has been the organiser of the Korean entry since the country's debut in the contest in 2012.Turkvision Song Contest 2014
Turkvision Song Contest 2014 (Turkish: Türkvizyon Şarkı Yarışması 2014) was the second edition of the Turkvision Song Contest, which took place in Kazan in the region of Tatarstan. Twenty-four Turkic regions, which have either a large Turkic population or a widely spoken Turkic language, confirmed their participation, making it the largest contest exceeding the participation number for the 2013 contest whereas four European countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Germany and Russia) made their debut. Altai Republic, Belarus, Kemerovo, Kosovo, and Northern Cyprus withdrew from the contest. The semi final took place on 19 November 2014 and the final took place on 21 November 2014. The presenters of the contest were Artem Shalimov, Narmin Agaeva, and Ranil Nuriov.
ABU Radio Song Festival 2014
(Note: "Withdrawn" refers to entries that withdrew after applying to enter)