Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13
By Aygun Badalova - Trend:
The opening ceremony of the First European Games Baku- 2015 which was held on June 12, had a lot of inspiration elements, Catherine Ugwu, Baku 2015 Director of Ceremonies said at the press-conference.
"There were several inspiration elements on the opening ceremony: mugam, traditional carpets, Gobustan, poems of Nizami. These all inspired a show," she said.
She added that the work team of the Opening ceremony consisted of people from 40 different countries as well as local people.
"It became harder and harder to keep the ceremony in secret. And regarding Lady Gaga - we wanted to keep that secret. And it was a good surprise," she said.
Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent which kicked off on June 12.
There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.
The First European Games will last till June 28.
Baku was awarded the games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012.