Press Releases


Press Release: Internationally-acclaimed Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov brought his unique approach to jazz to the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, London as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival on 18 November, in a concert supported by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS). Established in 1969, this is one of the leading jazz venues in the metropolis, having hosted a range of international stars from across the decades and genres, including Bud Freeman, Benny Carter, Lew Tabackin, John Dankworth, Diana Krall and Jamie Callum.


Press Release: On 21 November, the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), in collaboration with the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, presented the book La vie rêvée d’Yvonne Botto (The Dream Life of Yvonne Botto), published by TEAS Press, at the headquarters of UNESCO, in the heart of Paris. Around 100 guests, including diplomats, journalists, academics, students and lovers of Azerbaijan, attended the event.


Press Release, Nice, 18 November 2016: Following an invitation by the Nice branch of the renowned ISEFAC business school, the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) organised a landmark conference concerning best practice emanating from experience gained during organisation of the European Grand Prix. This was hosted in Baku for the first time, earlier on 19 June to wide international acclaim. The keynote speaker was Arif Rahimov, Executive Director, Baku City Circuit.


Press Release: Azerbaijan was placed firmly in the tourism spotlight during the inaugural Azerbaijan Tourism Forum Brussels, aimed at industry professionals and hosted by the Benelux office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) on 20 October at the Brussels Press Club Europe, in the heart of the European quarter. Attendees included H.E. Khazar Ibrahim, Azerbaijani Ambassador to NATO.


Just 34 days before the start of the Peace and Sport International Forum, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), a pan-European organisation dedicated to raising awareness of Azerbaijan, has signed a partnership agreement with the international Peace and Sport organisation, based in the Principality of Monaco. The agreement is designed to finance the ‘One Step for Peace’ charity operation which will take place during the next edition of the Forum, to be held in Monaco from 23–25 November 2016.



Press Release – Geneva, 13 October: The horrors of the Khojaly Massacre – the worst single atrocity of the ongoing Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh that claimed the lives of 613 civilians – were highlighted during a landmark event in Geneva on 13 October, attended by 120 diplomats, representatives of NGOs, researchers and members of the Azerbaijani diaspora.


Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has opened a new office in the middle of the diplomatic quarter of Brussels, the hub of the European Union (EU). The relocation reflects the fact that the TEAS Brussels office has been redesignated as TEAS Benelux.


Press Release: During his visit to Baku on 2 October, Pope Francis called for a “stable peace”. The Pontiff met in private with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the last leg of a Caucasus tour that also took him to Georgia. He reiterated the calls for peace he made three months ago in Yerevan regarding the ongoing Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.


Press Release: On 17 September, a new orchestral arrangement of the emotionally-charged tone poem Khojaly 613 – originally written by French composer Pierre Thilloy as a commission by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre – received a rapt and reverential response from the audience attending the concluding concert of the Les 2 Mondes Festival at the Théâtre de la Sinne in Mulhouse, located in the Alsace region of France.


Press Release: Ali Hasanov, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Azerbaijani Republican Commission for International Humanitarian Assistance, received Elena Ajmone Sessera, Head, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Baku on 3 August. Dialogue focused on the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the expulsion of an estimated 875,000 Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees from their homeland due to the illegal occupation of an estimated 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory by the Armenian armed forces.