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February 23, 2014

21:37

Everybody stands up for the Olympic anthem.

21:37

The flag of Greece, which invented the Olympics back in ancient times, is raised at the arena.

21:30

Сircus big top is erected in the middle of the Fisht Stadium.

Performers take part in the show during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. The text on the tent reads 'Circus'. (Reuters / Eric Gaillard)

21:27

But it’s not all that serious in Sochi as circus clowns, juggler and acrobats flocks to the arena.

21:24

Great Russian writers and poets - Leo Tolstoy, Fedor Dostoevsky, Aleksandr Pushkin, Anton Chekhov and many others arrive at the Fisht Satdium.

Pictures of Russian writers and poets are seen as performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski)

21:18

Ballet dancers from the Bolshoy Theater in Moscow and Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg take to the arena.

21:15

The second concerto by Russia’s great composer, Sergey Rachmaninoff, is performed by pianist Denis Matsuyev.

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev (center L) performs during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Eric Gaillard)

21:12

Lights out at Fisht stadium.

21:11

The idea of the show is to display the Russian culture of the 20th century through the eyes of the foreigners.

Artists perform during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014. (AFP Photo / Damien Meyer)

21:10

Actors in national Russian costumes appear at the Fisht stadium, with pictures of famous Russian painter Marc Chagall projected at the arena.