Endless Corridor screened to Parisian cinephiles
On 9 March, the immensely moving independent documentary Endless Corridor – a US/Lithuanian co-production – was shown at the long-established multi-disciplinary Parisian literary arts hub known as L’Entrepôt, commemorating the victims of the Khojaly Massacre on 26 February 1992. This was the worst single atrocity of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and claimed the lives of 613 civilian victims. This short report contains reminiscences from H.E. Jean Perrin, first French Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 1992–96, who saw the aftermath of the Khojaly Massacre; and Lithuanian journalist Ricardas Lapaitis – an eyewitness to the tragedy. We also hear the reactions of Irina Bilic, Director, Europa Film Akt (EFA), which organised the screening in collaboration with TEAS France; film director Maxim Mardhoukaev, and other audience members.
Khojaly debate in Berlin
A landmark debate on the Khojaly Massacre took place at Humboldt University, Berlin, on 26 February, on the 24th anniversary of this worst single atrocity of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The event was organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), under the auspices of the international Justice for Khojaly campaign. Speakers included Shahin Namati-Nasab, Director, TEAS Germany; H.E. Parviz Shahhazov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Germany; Florian Hahn MP; and Professor Johannes Rau, University of Moscow.
Khojaly commemoration in Brussels
On 24 February 2016, the multi-award-winning independent documentary Endless Corridor – a US/Lithuanian co-production – was shown at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The screening was complemented by a contemplative performance by Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova. This video features highlights from the event, including comments from H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU; Marc Verwilghen, Director, TEAS Benelux; and Richardas Lapaitis, Lithuanian journalist and eyewitness to the Khojaly Massacre.
Khojaly Commemoration Evening (Strasbourg)
Over 150 diplomats, VIPs, journalists and friends of Azerbaijan attended the Khojaly event at the Odyssée cinema in central Strasbourg – home to such institutions as the Council of Europe and the European Parliament – on 16 February. The evening was organised by the Justice for Khojaly campaign, and comprised a screening of the award-winning documentary Endless Corridor, featuring the Lithuanian journalist Ricardas Lapaitis, who was an eyewitness to the massacre and spoke at the event. The tone poem Khojaly 613 by French composer Pierre Thilloy was also performed, featuring Azerbaijani violinist Sabina Rakcheyeva.
Salman Gambarov in Istanbul
Salman Gambarov (born 1959) ranks amongst the most inspired and experienced Azerbaijani jazz pianists. In 2014, TEAS Istanbul collaborated with IKSV to bring him and his handpicked selection of musicians together to perform at the closing night of the Istanbul Jazz Festival. In this video, he speaks about his art, the festival and his relationship with other musicians, complemented by stunning concert footage, performed before over 750 transfixed jazz aficionados. The band also included Yildiz Ibrahimova (vocals), Şenova Ülker (trumpet), Önder Focan (guitar), Fatih Ahiskali (oud) and Ferit Odman (drums).
Zaur Hasanov – Director, Trans-Eurasian Super Highway (TASIM)
Speaking on the sidelines of the TEAS Business Forum Brussels, Zaur Hasanov speaks on the pivotal role of the UN-mandated TASIM project – an initiative of Azerbaijan – which will bring enhanced bandwidth connections between Frankfurt and Hong Kong.
Kamran Agasi – Director of Innovations Centre, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Speaking on the sidelines of the TEAS Business Forum Brussels, Kamran Agasi outlines the innovative IT-based ASAN service of public services provision, aimed at optimising efficiency and transparency, winner of the UN Public Service Award 2015.
Manuela Traldi – President, Italy–Azerbaijan Trade Institute (ITAZERCOM)
Speaking on the sidelines of the TEAS Business Forum Brussels, Manuela Traldi discusses the rapid transformation of Azerbaijan and the sectors providing opportunities for western investors.
H.E. Fuad Isgandarov – Head of the Azerbaijani Mission to the EU, and Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg
Speaking on the sidelines of the TEAS Business Forum Brussels, Ambassador Isgandarov delineates the current EU–Azerbaijani political and business relationship; the importance of the Southern Energy Corridor; and the changing relationship with Iran.
Herman De Croo – Belgian Minister of State
Speaking on the sidelines of the TEAS Business Forum Brussels, Herman De Croo – the longest-serving Belgian MP, formerly holder of various ministerial positions, including those for transport, foreign trade and education – comments on his two visits to Azerbaijan and the current level and future potential for further Belgian–Azerbaijani co-operation.