Baku 2015 European Games hosts performer auditions for opening ceremony (PHOTO)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 10
Baku 2015 European Games has hosted auditions for performers who will take part in the Opening Ceremony.
Mr Dimitris Papaioannou, Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremony, was part of the team at the Baku 2015 Athletes Village that put volunteers through a dance routine.
The Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony will be a celebration of traditional Azerbaijani culture that will reflect the host city's role in modern Europe, as well as honouring all the athletes that will be competing.
The Baku 2015 Ceremonies team will recruit performers who have passion, energy and a desire to represent their country in the newly-built National Stadium on Friday 12 June.
"The 6,000 volunteer performers will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they appear in the largest live show that Azerbaijan has ever produced," Ms Catherine Ugwu, Baku 2015 Director of Ceremonies, said.
"The Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony will showcase the best of Azerbaijani art, culture and achievement as well as welcoming the athletes to Baku. It was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic people turn out and I am sure we will welcome many more to the auditions."
Mr Papaioannou is highly regarded for his spectacular work as artistic director of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games ceremonies.
"We are very excited to have started auditioning performers and we are looking forward to seeing many more people in the coming weeks," Mr Papaioannou said.
More details on how to apply to become a Ceremonies volunteer performer, who must be aged 18 and above, can be found here: http://www.baku2015.com/en/join-us/apply-now
Meanwhile, Baku 2015 European Games also recently hosted a family day to share the excitement of the inaugural European Games. Staff family members were invited into the Baku 2015 headquarters to watch sports demonstrations of gymnastics and fencing, enjoy live music and to celebrate as the countdown to the Opening Ceremony continues.
Currently, there are more than 1,200 members of staff at Baku 2015 from a total of 43 nations around the world.