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Opening Ceremony of 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at Baku Olympic Stadium

And so we are back where our story began, to the quiet of Philharmonia Garden.

Mina is happily reunited with her proud grandfather. Together with her grandfather once again after her long journey, Mina sets her kite free to fly out of the Stadium.

Ten days of worldclass sport is about to begin, with over 2,800 athletes of the Islamic World competing across 20 sports for more than 1,500 medals.

Fireworks over the Baku Olympic Stadium.

Fireworks over the Caspian Sea, along the Baku Boulevard.

Opening Ceremony of 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at Baku Olympic Stadium

Mina flies above 700 performers holding kites. Hundreds of thousands of tiny hexagon kites flutter down over the audience.

Catherine wheels on the ground and in the air ignite and spin, as fireworks light up the night sky above the Stadium.

Overflowing with the light of all she has learned, Mina wants to share the shining spirit of the kite with the world. And there is more than enough inspiration for everyone.

150 kilos of confetti in the shape of tiny hexagon kites falls over the audience.

Opening Ceremony of 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at Baku Olympic Stadium

Flying through Baku with her kite, Mina sees her birthplace in a new light.

Beyond the pretty city parks where she plays, Mina finds many beautiful buildings, old and new. Proud historic palaces and towers at the city’s heart, as well as architectural masterpieces of the modern day – places of culture and commerce, thrilling sport and entertainment, cutting-edge enterprise and learning.

Opening Ceremony of 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at Baku Olympic Stadium

Everything she has learned about her culture and faith, her heritage and self has Mina bursting with joy – all thanks to the beautiful kite, her constant companion on this adventure.

As the pair dance together in friendship, Mina thinks of her grandfather. She misses him. The time has come to head home.

Opening Ceremony of 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at Baku Olympic Stadium

Three puppeteers bring the kite (and its tail) to life
Her future is here. Home for Mina is a place of hope.

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