Yangon hosts Radio Asia Conference

Writer: 
Su Hmuu Naing
Singer Zaw Paing is among the artists to participate in the ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 (Photo – EMG)

Representatives and musicians from 26 countries converge on Yangon today for the Radio Asia Conference and ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 that runs until May 30.

Since 2012, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has been organising the Radio Asia Conference and ABU Radio Song Festival. Myanmar is the third host country after South Korea and Columbia.

“The Radio Asia Conference and the ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 are aimed at emphasizing different cultures and views of each country in the Asia-Pacific region. Another aim is to exchange knowledge and experience about technologies and broadcasting programmes in relation to radio broadcasting,” said Myint Aung, director of Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV). 

“This is the third time to host these events and the first time for Myanmar to host them. Myanmar delegates attended the events when they were held in South Korea and Columbia. Rising musicians who compose and play their own music usually perform at the [ABU Radio Song Festival]. We have arranged for some local popular singers to perform at the festival to entertain and attract the audience,” he added. 

A total of 96 people from 26 countries and 120 media representatives from Myanmar will attend the Radio Asia Conference.

The ABU Radio Song Festival 2015 will be held at the National Theater on May 29. Musicians from South Korea, Malaysia, Brunei, Maldives, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Singapore will share the stage with local singers including Zaw Paing, Ni Ni Khin Zaw, Ah Moon, Jewel & Eastern, Ko Linn, Myo Min Oo, Min Thike Di, and May Ingyin Thaw. 

The festival is open free of charge to the general public.