Deaf News: Eurovision Song Contest to be presented in International Sign

Posted on May 21, 2015

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The BBC has reported that the Eurovision Song Contest is to be performed in International Sign (please note, it is not a language, as stated below) for the Deaf audience.

Extract below:

For the first time, the Eurovision Song Contest is being presented for deaf people in International Sign Language.

A team of six deaf artists and two hearing interpreters are performing at the semi-finals and the Grand Final.

Austrian broadcaster ORF said it was inspired by the victory of Conchita Wurst last year to make the contest even more inclusive.

“Eurovision is European – so let’s make it for the deaf community too,” said ORF’s Eva-Maria Hinterwirth.

“It is always said music is a language that is understood by everyone, so we thought, let’s make it reality and bring music closer to deaf people.”

The project is all about storytelling, she told the BBC. “The interpreters don’t translate the lyrics, they tell stories and convey the emotions behind the songs.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32812385

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