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Dazzling show closes Baku 2015

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The spectacular show in photos
Fireworks explode above the stadium during the Closing Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games at the Olympic Stadium. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
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Singer John Newman performs during the Closing Ceremony. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Baku night sky was lit up by 10,000 fireworks. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Lanterns are held aloft during the Closing Ceremony. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Dancers perform during the Closing Ceremony of the European Games. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Singer Elisabeth Troy performs alongside Clean Bandit during the show. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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A burning 'Simmurg' rises above the stadium. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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The national flag of Azerbaijan flies next to the flag of the EOC during the Closing Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games at Olympic Stadium. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Fire dancers perform athletically as the fire effects engulf the stadium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Seventy-six dancers create dynamic choreography with sand. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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More than 500 dancers, holding LED hexagon panels,flood the stage. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Performers created acrobatic figures with specially designed cyr wheels, featuring hexagon shaped lighting strips. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Twenty LED costumes, containing 4,617 pieces of LED, were used in the Ceremony. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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The walls of the Maiden Tower peeled away to reveal the Flame Towers. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)
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12,500 man hours to make skirts for the three giant sculptures. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Fireworks explode as locals look on outside the Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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504 dancers created mosaic paterns across the stage. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The Athletes of the Azerbaijan enter the stadium during the Closing Ceremony. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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The traditional Azerbaijani skirts were transformed into modern, brightly coloured patterns. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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A chorus of 12 singers and 25 children sang a new, symphonic arrangement of the national anthem. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Traditional musicians perform during the Closing Ceremony. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 28: Dancers perform during the Closing Ceremony for the Baku 2015 European Games at Olympic Stadium on June 28, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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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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