Baku City Circuit to Host Four Unforgettable Days of Entertainment
Family friendly, interactive and culturally diverse entertainment programme has been developed for all visitors to Baku during the 2016 F1 Grand Prix of Europe
Baku City Circuit today confirmed it will be delivering four action-packed days of entertainment to all ticket holders attending the inaugural Formula 1 race in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Starting on Thursday 16th June, all entertainment zones along the Baku Boulevard, from Azneft Square to the Sea Terminal, will open at 14:00 to all ticketholders. From Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th, Baku City Circuit itself will officially be open to the public from 10:00.
Autograph Sessions & Pit Lane Walk
Thursday will also see the first of the ever-popular F1 Drivers’ Autograph Sessions taking place on the F1 Village Stage from approximately 16:50 onwards. Further autograph sessions will continue to take place throughout the Grand Prix weekend, with different teams participating each day. As this is a hugely popular activity, spectators are encouraged to arrive early to ensure they meet their favourite drivers. Specific timings for the F1 Autograph Sessions will be available from next week.
Another fan favourite – the Pit Lane Walk – will also take place on Thursday and is open to all Grandstand ticket holders. This activity enables fans to gaze into the heart of the sport as they walk down the Pit Lane and get an exclusive, up close look at the inner workings of Formula 1 teams as they prepare for the weekend’s racing. Fans wishing to gain access to the Pit Lane Walk, can do so from within the F1 Village, located next to the Absheron Grandstand.
Three of the biggest stars in world music – Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias and Pharrell Williams – will be the headline musical acts throughout the weekend of the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE.
Friday night will see Chris Brown get the party started with one of his famous high energy shows that will set the tone for the rest of this incredible weekend of entertainment and sport. The American singer, songwriter and dancer will be performing some of his biggest tunes, including the likes of ‘Yeah3x’, ‘Look At Me Now’ and ‘Beautiful People” in front of thousands of F1 fans once the first day of racing has been completed on track.
Saturday night will see Enrique Iglesias take over with one of his electrifying concerts that have made him one of the most popular live performers on the planet. Famous for his many hits including ‘Hero’, ‘Bailamos’ and ‘I Like It”, the Spanish born singer is widely known as ‘The King of Latin Pop’ and he is sure to thrill the watching audience at the Baku City Circuit as soon as Qualifying has finished.
A memorable weekend will be capped off on Sunday night when one of the biggest stars and most influential figures in world music, Pharrell Williams, takes to the Main Stage to close out the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE with one of his celebrated sets. The man behind some of the biggest hits in the history of music, including ‘Get Lucky’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Frontin’’ will deliver the perfect encore to Baku’s inaugural Formula 1 race weekend, just hours after the final car has crossed the finish line.
In addition, the entertainment stages will offer spectators a series of live performances throughout the weekend, from the likes of DJ Mansur, DJ Hazy, Roberto Kel Torres, Rilaya, Dilara Kazimova, Kenan Gadimov, Chingiz Mustafayev and Rast.
Throughout the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe weekend, spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local Azerbaijani culture via a series of dedicated Cultural Lounges located along the Boulevard. From Friday, 17th June visitors will be able to learn first-hand the secrets of traditional Azerbaijani handicrafts: carpet-weaving, glass art, patchwork, ceramics, “shebekeh” lattice work, metalwork, woodcarving, miniature folk instruments, skull caps and shoes, embroidery and painted “kelaghayi” scarves. Traditional sweets and the famous Azerbaijani tea will be on offer here too.
A special art gallery will be on display throughout the race weekend. ‘The Grand Prix Gallery’ will bring together 100 stunning photographs from the more than 60-year history of the Formula 1 and be free to peruse for all ticket holders who wish to engage with and discover more about the history of the sport.
BCC has also made sure to cater its weekend entertainment programme for families with young children. As such, there will be a special children’s driving school for the youngest visitors to the race weekend, where they can learn the rules of the road in a fun, relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. For slightly older children, a specially equipped children’s karting track will allow them to race each other and hone their competitive driving skills.
Fan Engagement & Live Stunts
Visitors will also be able test their driving skills on race simulators located within the F1 Village and see what it feels like to live like a real Formula 1 driver. For those of a more energetic disposition, there are plenty of exciting attractions on offer, such as a vertical wind tunnel and climbing wall.
A host of entertainers will be on hand at all times to thrill all visitors to the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, including the famous Mirror People, Spandy Andy, Titan the Robot, stilt-walkers and many more, while a host of talented street artists will amaze Formula 1 fans with specially made 3D illusions along the promenade.
Additionally, live sport demonstrations will take place along the boulevard all weekend featuring, amongst others, athletes performing stunts on trampolines and a half-pipe skate ramp.
Several additional surprises are also in store for extreme sports fans. A motorcycle stunt team will perform amazing tricks in a special metallic sphere, while there will also be a skate park, where professional athletes will delight fans with their virtuoso skate-boarding and roller-blading displays.
Speaking about the entertainment programme for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE, Baku City Circuit Executive Director, Arif Rahimov, commented: “We have prepared a truly unique, unrivalled cultural and entertainment programme tailored to the needs of every visitor, a programme which won’t allow for a single a dull moment. I am sure that the Formula 1 and GP2 racing action and the variety of entertainment on offer along the beautiful Caspian seafront won’t leave a single attending F1 fan unmoved and will certainly make for an unforgettable festival of motor racing!”
Red Bull Skydivers Carry Out Baku City Circuit Inspection From Above
With only 9 days to go until the 2016 FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE in Baku, Azerbaijan, Baku City Circuit (BCC) has today released a new video featuring the amazing Red Bull skydiving team, featuring the incredible Red Bull skydivers, Marco Waltenspiel and George Lettner, performing astonishing feats of daring and skill from great heights.
To view the video of the Red Bull Skydivers over Baku, please click here:
The video sees both men execute a breath-taking wing-suit jump from a helicopter high above Baku, before swooping at high-speed over the city, taking in every corner of the impressive Baku City Circuit, and finishing with a perfect landing in the pit lane.
After his wing-suit jump, Marco Waltenspiel said: “Baku bay from the sky looks amazing, especially now, when the spirit of Formula 1 can be felt everywhere! Flying over it and following the route of the track, I could feel how exciting it will be. I feel honored and happy to be able to participate in such an inspirational moment in front of – or above – the people of Baku! It is my first time here but the great hospitality of the Azerbaijani people together with the beautiful city landscape has inspired me to return very soon”.
Tickets for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE are still on sale!
Tickets and hotel reservations are still available on the official Baku City Circuit website www.bakucitycircuit.com, and also on our partner sites Gootickets.com, Grand Prix Tickets Worldwide (gpt-worldwide.com) and Formula1.com.
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