Broadcasted worldwide on June 19, 2016, the 20-minute ceremony, was presented before the start of the race, was followed by the National Anthem, which will be performed by a choir of 40 children from the Azerbaijan State Children Philharmonic. The concept was about DREAMING FAST. It is a dream told through the eyes of children, a metaphor of what the future will hold.
The show has been conceived as a grand parade of 20 minutes, bringing to the stage the nations spirit as well as its rich heritage. Composed of five acts, represented by five symbols, the ceremony was about tradition and innovation, the two souls of Azerbaijan, coming together to exemplify a nation that is rapidly growing, but whose roots are firmly planted in their identity.