The opening ceremony is being held in Baku’s Olympic Stadium. The spectacular show is a celebration of Azerbaijani culture, reflecting Baku’s role in modern Europe. The show is directed by Greek stage director Dimitris Papaioannou, who also choreographed the opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympics.
The pan-continental multi-sport event will take place over two weeks and conclude on June 28.
The European Games is be held every four years.