Vancouver 2010: Closing Ceremony Will Have More French Content
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics will draw to an official close on Sunday, February 28th. Unlike the opening ceremonies where there were complaints that there was not enough French content included in the presentation, the closing ceremonies will include more French content and be held indoors--a first in Olympic history.
The 2010 Winter Olympics will come to an official close during a closing ceremony on February 28, 2010. The ceremony will be held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which seats 55,000 people. The 2010 Olympic Opening and closing ceremonies are the first in Olympic history to be held indoors. The choreographer for the closing ceremonies is Jean Grand-Maitre, who is the artistic director of the Alberta Ballet.
As with the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony will be broadcast live, as well as on their official Olympic website, NBCOlympics.com. Canadian viewers can watch the ceremony live on CTV, or CTVOlympics.ca.
More French Content at Closing Ceremonies
Following the opening ceremony, several high-profile Canadians, including the Premier of Quebec, Jean Charest, Michael Ignatieff, the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party and Canadian Heritage Minister, James Moore, complained that there was not enough French included in the presentation. Since both English and French are official languages of Canada and the 2010 Winter Olympics, some Canadians felt that French should have been more prominent during the opening ceremony.
In response, David Atkins, the executive producer of both the opening and closing ceremonies, stated that there would be more French content in the closing ceremony, and that this was the plan from the beginning. Atkins also pointed out that, while television viewers didn't see it, any English spoken at the opening ceremony was translated into French on video monitors inside the stadium.
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