FiveCurrents and Papaioannou hired to produce Baku 2015 opening

Organisers of next year's inaugural European Games in Baku have appointed US production company FiveCurrents to create the opening and closing ceremonies.

Organisers of next year's inaugural European Games in Baku have appointed US production company FiveCurrents to create the opening and closing ceremonies.

Dmitris Papaioannou, who produced the ceremonies at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, has been hired as the artistic director of the opening ceremony.

FiveCurrents produced February's ceremonies in Sochi at the winter Olympic Games and has also worked on the Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games ceremonies.

The company, headed by Scott Givens and Mark Poncher, also produced the New Year's Eve celebrations on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach.

"We are thrilled and honoured to be producing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Baku 2015 European Games," Givens 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.”

As preparations ramp up for Baku 2015, organisers have also opened the application process for volunteer performers at the ceremonies. They are looking for 6,000 people to be part of the opening ceremony, due to take place in Baku's new, 68,000-capacity national stadium on Friday 12th June.