Baku 2015 Hire FiveCurrents to Produce Opening and Closing Ceremony

By Community | October 3, 2014

Baku 2015 European Games have selected US production company, FiveCurrents, to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Baku 2015 European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) said.

They also unveiled Dimitris Papaioannou as the Artistic Director of the event.

The Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony will celebrate Azerbaijani culture and will reflect the host city’s role in modern Europe, as well as honouring the athletes that will be competing.

“My appointment to create the Baku 2015 Opening Ceremony is both an honour and a challenge,” Mr Papaioannou said. “My aim is to tell a universal human story using elemental Azerbaijani ingredients in a way that is contemporary, inventive and playful, but always respectful of the culture’s enormous richness and depth.”

Leading production company, FiveCurrents, led by Mr Scott Givens and Mr Mark Poncher, have been appointed to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Baku 2015 European Games.

FiveCurrents produced the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Ceremonies and other credits include the Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games’ Ceremonies, the 15th Anniversary of Cinco de Mayo and the Reveillon Copacabana New Year’s Celebration for Rio de Janeiro.

“We are thrilled and honoured to be producing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Baku 2015 European Games,” Mr Givens, President and Executive Producer of FiveCurrents, said. “We look forward to working with preeminent creative talent like Dimitris Papaioannou to showcase Baku on the world stage and deliver a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of sport and humanity.”

“The Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Baku 2015 European Games are an opportunity to showcase Baku and Azerbaijan to the world,” Mr Azad Rahimov, Baku 2015 Chief Executive Officer and Azerbaijan’s Minister of Youth and Sports, said. “I am confident the team we have in place will help us deliver spectacular events that all of Azerbaijan will be proud of.”

Baku 2015 is the first ever European Games which will take place from 12 – 28 June 2015.