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Closing Ceremony captures Azerbaijan’s rich cultural tapestry and points to a bold future

The Baku 2015 European Games Closing Ceremony was acclaimed by audiences across the world tonight as the James Hadley-directed show captured Azerbaijan’s rich tapestry of different colours, peoples, traditions and influences amidst a blaze of 10,000 pyrotechnics.

More than 68,000 people inside the Baku Olympic Stadium revelled in a show that also featured a cutting-edge soundtrack and spectacular dance routines, as the Games bade farewell to its thousands of athletes.

The spectacular show also paid tribute to the ‘Flamekeeper’ volunteers whose energy, enthusiasm and dedication contributed to the success of Baku 2015.

International music acts led by DJ Gareth Emery, Clean Bandit and John Newman – who called his set the biggest moment of his career – entertained the watching world, which included a 10,000-strong crowd on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Baku’s famous Bulvar who were illuminated by fireworks at the end of the show.

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