The Closing Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games - Torino 2006, will take place on 26 February 2006 at 20:00 in the Olympic Stadium in Turin. The athletes of the Games and the spectators at this event will have the opportunity to experience up-close the Italian “Carnevale”, which is to be the main theme of this spectacular event. The athletes, spectators and viewing public will also hear Andrea Bocelli sing during the ceremony, as well as witness the passing of the Olympic flag from Turin to Vancouver.
The Director of the Closing Ceremony will be Daniele Finzi Pasca, who is well known internationally for his circus-based theatre performances. Finzi Pasca will interweave the elation and the fantasy of the world of “Carnevale” with the sounds, colours and actions typical of the circus and of the Commedia dell’Arte. Using over 2,000 different outfits inspired by the circus, some of which featured in the Frederico Fellini film “The Clowns”, the formal sections of the Closing Ceremony will alternate with artistic moments that will be surprising and transgressive. These moments will be inspired by the creativity of street artists, of travelling shows and of the typical Italian “feste in piazza”.
One of the high points of the Ceremony will undoubtedly be the performance by Andrea Bocelli, who will be one of the main acts of the show. Bocelli, who is a world-famous tenor with a tendency for pop, will use his powerful and melodic voice to stir the worldwide audience of the Closing Ceremony. It is precisely for his great capacity to communicate and to move a vast and varied public that the organisers of the Olympic Ceremonies wanted Bocelli to enhance the Grand Finale of Torino 2006.
The Closing Ceremony will be Turin’s chance to bid farewell to the XX Olympic Winter Games, by having a big party of fire and colours, masks and acrobatics, games and rituals. It will see fireflies transformed into stars, men will become kites and heroes will be portrayed not as warriors but as athletes and champions. However, this will not be the end of the Olympic adventure, as Mayor of Turin, Sergio Chiamparino, will hand the Olympic flag over to the Mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan, as Vancouver 2010 gears-up to become the next Olympic Winter Games Host City. This segment of the event will also include an eight-minute show from Vancouver 2010 that will include Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne. Both Lavigne and Boccelli feature in the IOC's current Celebrate Humanity advertising campaign.
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.
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