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Opening Ceremony of IV Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku 2017. “Yalli” (mus: Eldar Mansurov). 12.05.2017

700 volunteer performers fill the stage as Eldar Mansurov’s “Yalli” is played. They hold reflective hexagons to create a series of shapes. They are joined by 10 male dancers from the Azerbaijan State Ensemble, who perform with 7-metre-long silks. The cast form a crescent moon and star. The cast form the Baku 2017 logo. The cast flip their hexagons to reveal the flag of Azerbaijan. In the Islamic calendar, a crescent moon marks the start of each new month. These Games signal a fresh chapter in the long history of Islamic solidarity and cooperation.

The opening ceremony of the IV Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku began with a musical composition by Eldar Mansurov written for this grandiose event.

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