Video: Khojaly remembered in Istanbul (2015)
On 23 February 2015, the independent documentary Endless Corridor was screened in the heart of Istanbul’s Zorlu Center. The showing commemorated the victims of the Khojaly Massacre in 1992 – the worst single atrocity of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh – which claimed the lives of 613 civilian victims in 1992. The evening also saw the launch of the book Khojaly Witness of a War Crime: Armenia in the Dock. The Istanbul premiere was attended by an audience of over 200 politicians, VIPs and press representatives, and this video contains testimonies and comments from Rena Rzaeva, Istanbul Representative, (TEAS); Ian Peart, Project Co-ordinator, TEAS Baku; Hasan Zeynalov, Azerbaijani Consulate-General to Turkey and Valeh Huseynov, a brave survivor of the Khojaly Massacre.
TEAS TV: Five Roads Back Home Comes to London
After touring the world for the past three years, the outstanding exhibition Five Roads Back Home – showcasing the work of renowned German photographer Philipp Rathmer – finally came to London on 24 November. Hosted at the iconic mid-Victorian Old Truman Brewery, which has been a leading art space in Brick Lane, London, for over two decades, the images feature a cross-section of some of the estimated one million Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs). They are the ongoing victims of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. This video features thoughts and testimonies from H.E. Tahir Taghizadeh, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK; Jack Pegoraro, Head, TEAS UK; and Philipp Rathmer.
TRT Showcase: The Forgotten Faces of a Refugee Crisis
A report from TRT World (international Turkish TV) on the Five Roads Back Home exhibition of photographs by Philipp Rathmer at the Old Truman Brewery in London, organised by TEAS and introduced by Belle Lupton.
London Live TV: Philipp Rathmer reflects on Five Roads Back Home
London Live TV reports on the Five Roads Back Home exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery. Acclaimed photographer Philipp Rathmer speaks about the project concept, its meaning and how it serves to personalise the ongoing victims of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Video: Peace and Sport Forum, 23–25 November 2016, Monaco
TEAS has highlighted the plight of Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and the country’s experience in dealing with those communities, during the ninth edition of the international Peace and Sport Forum, held from 23–25 November under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco. This video includes comments from Joël Bouzou, President and Founder, Peace and Sport Organisation; Georges Vanderchmitt, Secretary-General, Peace and Sport Organisation; and Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS.
Jazz and Azerbaijan: a TEAS film
Azerbaijani jazz dates back over 90 years, almost to the beginnings of the recorded music. In this film, Azerbaijani violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva, Cultural Advisor, TEAS; Marie-Laetitia Gourdin, Director, TEAS France and French composer Pierre Thilloy outline the reasons why this western idiom has achieved such phenomenal success, the basis of jazz-mugham ethnojazz and how TEAS is supporting the new generation of Azerbaijani jazz musicians.
TEAS Benelux Opening
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.
In this video, attendees and participants, including Didier Reynders, Belgian Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Marc Verwilghen, Director, TEAS Benelux and former Belgian Economy Minister; H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU; H.E. Khazar Ibrahim, Azerbaijani Ambassador to NATO and Tale Heydarov, Chairman and Founder, TEAS, reflect on the pivotal nature of this development, whilst an inspired musical interlude is provided by violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva.
Video: Khojaly Commemoration (Istanbul)
On 25 February, the victims of the Khojaly Massacre were commemorated at The Seed in the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul, within the international Justice for Khojaly campaign.
The evening included the world premiere of the documentary Khojaly Witnesses: Tears of Truth, which contains interviews with eyewitnesses. The film was screened in the presence of Zahid Jabbarov, who gave his testimony on camera.
The screening was followed by a concert by the Azerbaijani pianistic maestro Islam Manafov, who has been a resident of Istanbul for 13 years. Manafov’s son and daughter share his pianistic ability, and the evening included a classical performance by his son Abuzar. His daughter Turan also performed some of her own contemplative compositions, alongside an emotionally-charged interpretation of the folk song Lachin – a district of Azerbaijan that remains under Armenian occupation.
Video: Khojaly victims and Azerbaijani IDPs remembered in Brussels
Azerbaijani internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees – the ongoing victims of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh – have been remembered on UN World Refugee Day, which is commemorated each year on 20 June. The event took place at the Press Club Brussels Europe – at the heart of the EU diplomatic community – and saw the Brussels launch of Khojaly Witness of a War Crime – Armenia in the Dock, a landmark TEAS publication. Speakers and attendees included Ambassador Khazar Ibrahim, Head of the Mission of Azerbaijan to NATO; H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the EU; and Ian Peart, co-editor of the book.
Euronews: Lionel Zetter gives the Azerbaijani perspective on Karabakh
Speaking in the wake of the recent upsurge in fighting on the ‘contact line’ between Azerbaijan and the Armenian-occupied territories, Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS, gives the Azerbaijani stance to pan-European channel Euronews – beamed to an estimated 350m households in 155 countries. See the interview at http://bit.ly/lioneleuronews