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SOCHI, March 09 /ITAR-TASS/. Over 2,500 artists and cultural activists are providing the cultural program at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Russia’s Sochi, an official with Russia’s organizing committee said on Sunday.
“Some 2,500 came to the Paralympic Games from 40 various Russian regions within the frames of the cultural program,” Anna Pisarskaya, the head of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Program department, said.
The official said that up to half of them are people with disability, however she said there is no exact figure.
“To be honest, we are not keeping such statistics and believe it is not necessary,” Pisarskaya said commenting on the share of artists with disability at the Paralympics.
The cultural program will also involve the performance of legendary Spanish tenor Jose Carreras and the well-known British dance company Stopgap, which is the world’s leader in the sphere of inclusive dance.
The events are held on the stage of the Sochi 2014 Live Site, in concert halls, in the Olympic Park and in the Medals Plaza for Paralympic athletes. The plaza is located on the lower section of the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort, in the very heart of the Mountain Cluster.
Most concerts and exhibitions taking place as part of the cultural program at Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympics are free of charge for guests of the Games.
On the whole, the program offers guests the change to experience the musical and artistic masterpieces presented over the past four years during the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, marking its spectacular conclusion.