As in the case of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012, more than a billion viewers are expected to watch the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 12, 2012, which includes a handover to the next host city.
While the achievements of the athletes who took part in the London Games will be duly celebrated, the closing ceremony will witness the handover of the Games to Rio de Janeiro, the host city for the 2016 Games. The ceremony will also feature the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, thereby formally bringing an end to the world’s greatest sporting event.
Artistic Director Kim Gavin and his team will showcase their artistic expression to a global audience that will get a taste of London and the UK in a ceremony that will also feature certain elements as required the IOC (International Olympic Charter).
Aptly titled, ‘A Symphony of British Music’, the closing ceremony will underscore the fact that Britain is recognised universally for its music that has been its chief cultural export over the last half-century. Some of the most successful musicians of the world will feature alongside some of the future stars. As with the opening ceremony, the soundtracks of the closing ceremony will be recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra who have also been commissioned to do the same in respect of the Paralympic Games due to be held in London.
The ceremony will be broadcast worldwide from 9pm and will feature over 4,100 performers; these will include 380 school kids and 3,500 adult volunteers all from the six boroughs of East London that have played host to the Games.
Unlike in the opening ceremony, the athletes will march together, in the closing ceremony, and not by nationality, keeping alive a tradition started at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games with a view to presenting the athletes as representing ‘one nation’.
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