VOV all set to host ASEAN+3 Song Contest

Posted On:7/23/2019 12:00:00 PM
Posted by VOV.VN

There are high hopes that the ASEAN+3 Song Contest will make a significant contribution to fostering cultural exchanges and strengthening friendly relations between ASEAN member states and China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan.

The statement was given by Voice of Vietnam (VOV) Vice President Ngo Minh Hien during a press briefing on the contest held in Hanoi on July 22.

The national broadcaster Voice of Vietnam (VOV) will host both the semi-finals and final round of the ASEAN+3 Song Contest which is scheduled take place in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Ha Long City from July 26-29.

The regional song contest is open to entries from professional pop singers aged between 18 and 35 from 10 Southeast Asian nations. It is set to act as a platform for young singers to both showcase and nurture their talent.

At present, judges have selected the best 22 contestants from ASEAN member states to progress to the semi-finals and finals.

The final night is set to be held in Ha Long city at 8pm on July 28. Aside from competition among participants from Southeast Asian nations, singers from China, the Republic of Korea (RoK), and Japan are due to perform at the event.

The grand final of the contest will be broadcast live on VOV’s radio channels along with television channels Vietnam Journey, VTC, VOV3, and VOV5.

The winner will receive a cash prize totaling US$3,000. The two second-place prizes will be awarded US$1,500 each.

The three prizes for third place will be given US$1,000 each whilst those receiving the five consolation prizes will get US$500 each.

On the sidelines of the contest, foreign judges and contestants will have the opportunity to tour several beauty spots in Quang Ninh province such as Ha Long bay and the Quang Ninh museum.

The ASEAN+3 Song Contest was first held in the central province of Thanh Hoa in 2017 as part of a range of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the establishment of ASEAN and the 72nd anniversary since the foundation of VOV which took place on September 7, 1945.

Since then it has been agreed to be held bi-annually. This year’s event will see the participation of ASEAN members including Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and the host nation, Vietnam. They will compete alongside contestants from China, the RoK, and Japan.

The contest is a highlight in a series of activities promoted by VOV and will serve to boost co-operation between Vietnam and other nations throughout the region.