Eurovision Song Contest will be signed for the first time
By Bethany Bell
20 May 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Delil Yilmaz and Alice Hu are among the performers translating the performances for a deaf audience
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.”
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Source:: BBC Entertainment