Press Releases


Press Release: On 31 January, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) organised a jazz and cocktail evening at the Concert Noble – one of the most exclusive venues at the heart of the Brussels European district. The event featured the world-class 21-year-old Azerbaijani musician Isfar Sarabsky, Winner of the Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition 2009. His dazzling and exciting performance attracted plaudits from over 150 high-level European politicians, businessmen and other stakeholders, alongside jazz aficionados, musicians and critics.


Press Release: On 21 November, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) sponsored a lecture at Pushkin House, London, entitled The Theatre of Genius: Examining the Life and Work of Professor Elchin Efendiyev, written and delivered by the leading literary critic, poet and dramaturge David Parry, Co-founder of the Gruntlers’ Arts Group.


Press Release: Isfar Sarabsky, winner of the piano prize at the Montreux International Jazz Festival 2009 has attracted plaudits from jazz aficionados and politicians alike during two concerts in Berlin, held as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations to commemorate the regaining of Azerbaijani independence. Organised by the Berlin branch of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), in collaboration with Jazz Radio Berlin, he performed on consecutive nights alongside Makar Novikov (bass) and Alexander Mashin (drums).


Press Release: More than 150 investment bankers, investment specialists, lawyers, consultants, analysts and journalists descended on the UK Headquarters of Baker & McKenzie in the City of London on 7 November to learn of the exciting opportunities presented by the nascent Azerbaijani financial sector.


Press Release: On 24 October, Azerbaijan was awarded the final open seat at the UN Security Council in New York, after Slovenia dropped its bid. This enabled Azerbaijan to obtain three-quarters of the vote in the final ballot. Azerbaijanis and supporters of the country across the world applauded this development, including the members and staff of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), based in London.


Press Release:

Date: 7 November

Time: 1200–1630hrs

Title: Azerbaijan’s Untapped Opportunities: What Financial Institutions Need to Know

Venue: Baker & McKenzie, 100, New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6JA


Press Release: On 19 October, in excess of 1,500 people descended on the Central Hall Westminster, a stone’s throw from the Palace of Westminster, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Azerbaijani independence. This glittering event was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the UK and The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has expanded its European activities by hosting a conference in the European Parliament, Brussels for over 60 stakeholders. Held on 20 October, this was entitled 20 years of independence: Azerbaijan’s future opportunities. During the event, the distinguished Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Tunne Kelam (EPP – Estonia); Evgeni Kirilov (S&D – Bulgaria); and Ivo Vajgl (ALDE – Slovenia) joined H.E.


Press Release: David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe, has emphasised the importance of expanding the UK’s relationship with Azerbaijan during a fringe debate at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 4 October. The debate, entitled New opportunities and old challenges on Europe’s Eastern Frontier: What now for UK and EU engagement in the South Caucasus? was organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) and the Foreign Policy Centre.


Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is organising the visit of Mrs Ibonna Botto-Shirmammadova (formerly Yvonne Marie Botto) to France on 9–18 October after more than 60 years in Azerbaijan. Mrs Botto-Shirmammadova, who is originally from France, has been living in Murguzalli, a village in the Imishli district of Azerbaijan, since 1947. During the visit, she will meet her relatives who live in France and were identified by TEAS’ research.