2015 European Games opening ceremony

The Opening Ceremony of the 2015 European Games was the official opening ceremony held in the afternoon at 9:00PM Azerbaijan Time (GMT+4) on June 12, 2015 in the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1][2] It was attended by the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, the Vice President of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, and the President of the European Olympic Committee Patrick Hickey.The ceremony was attended by 68,000 spectators gathered at the Olympic Stadium, as well as hundreds of millions of online viewers. More than 300 creative teams from 28 countries were involved in organizing the ceremony.[3] The cost of organizing of the ceremony was about 100 million U.S. dollars.[4] The opening ceremony was directed by artistic choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou who was praised for his work during 2004 Summer Olympics.[5][6][7][8]

2015 European Games
opening ceremony
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Opening ceremony of the 2015 European Games.
Date12 June 2015; 7 years ago (2015-06-12)
Time21:00 - 23:09 AZT (UTC+4)
VenueBaku Olympic Stadium
LocationBaku, Azerbaijan
Coordinates40°25′47″N 49°55′11″E / 40.429766°N 49.91979°E / 40.429766; 49.91979Coordinates: 40°25′47″N 49°55′11″E / 40.429766°N 49.91979°E / 40.429766; 49.91979
Filmed byAzTV and ISB
FootageThe opening ceremony on YouTube


The Olympic Flag being raised by members of the Azerbaijani National Guard.
The team from Azerbaijan.

A fanfare drew attention to the Presidential Box and welcomed President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady, Chair of Baku 2015 European Games Organizing Committee Mehriban Aliyeva and President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey. The flag of Azerbaijan was carried by eight and raised by three servicemen of the National Guard of the Special State Protection Service of Azerbaijan.

The torchbearer, Ilham Zakiyev, who is an Azerbaijani blind judoka, entered the stadium and was accompanied by Said Guliyev. Zakiyev and Guliyev made their way to the center of the stadium to light the Olympic cauldron. A traditional parade of nations was then held, which was opened by Greece, and ended with the representatives of the host team, Azerbaijan. After this, the First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva delivered a speech, followed by a speech by the President of the European Olympic Committees Patrick Hickey. After Hickey's remarks, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev declared the European Games open.

American Singer Lady Gaga performed "Imagine", a cover from John Lennon at the event.[9] The shapeshifting scene featured the representations of Yanar Dag and the Gobustan rock carvings, in particular.[10] The woman on the stage (Nargiz Nasirzade) and the man (Aydemir Aydemirov) embodied the arrival of spring. Two thousand artists gathered at the scene to perform the yalli dance at the end. The opening ceremony was broadcast live on the official YouTube channel of the Games.

Attending dignitariesEdit




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