Bogota to close curtain on high note
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With the final whistle of the most high-profile sporting event ever held in Colombia drawing closer by the hour, the city of Bogota is revelling in putting the finishing touches to the closing ceremony of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, scheduled for Saturday 20 August, the same day as the third-placed team and the winner of the event will be decided. 

Everything is in place for Colombia 2011’s grand farewell which, if the organisation of the tournament as a whole is anything to go by, should be a spectacular affair. The competition has allowed the South American country to showcase its true beauty – as well as its ability to achieve grand dreams – to FIFA, visiting fans, media representatives, fellow Colombians and the entire world.

The closing ceremony, which will be held within the Estadio Nemesio Camacho, popularly known as ‘El Campin’, will begin as soon as the match for third place has come to an end. With that encounter scheduled to kick off at five o’clock, the planned festivities are therefore likely to start around seven, offering a spectacle inspired by the universe, featuring an array of dance, light, colour and music to delight fans present in the Colombian capital as well as television viewers around the globe.

Closing ceremony timeframe:

·         The show will last 20 minutes, starting at 19.00 (once the match for third place has finished) and ending at 19.20, in time for the final, whose kick-off is set at 20.00.

·         The fans will take an active part in proceedings: there will be a surprise waiting for them at the stadium entrance as they arrive, as well as instructions to follow during the ceremony.

·         48 people will be responsible for displaying the flags of the 24 national teams that participated in Colombia 2011.

·         The latest technology will be used to emit impressive lights and images, and to carry out a fireworks display of the highest quality.

·         The positive aspects of the Bogota of today and tomorrow will form an integral part of the event.

·         Music will be one of the ceremony’s principal attractions, with beats and melodies from Colombia and various other areas of the world on the agenda.

·         Over 500 participants will perform the ceremony’s different dances and displays.

·         Freestyle footballers, acrobats and jugglers will join in the fun.

·         The last segment will feature Chocquibtown, a Grammy-nominated hip-hop group from Choco who are well versed in spreading the music of Colombia around the world.

After the closing ceremony has concluded, the stadium will ready itself for the main event, the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011, from which this year’s champions will emerge.