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Religions in the Caucasus – Farda Asadov

More than 50 theologians, historians, academics and researchers gathered at the Hallam Conference Centre in London for the Religions in the Caucasus conference, organised by TEAS on 3–4 March.

This video contains an interview with Farda Asadov, Head of the Dept. of History and Economy of Arab Countries, Institute of Oriental Studies, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences and Vice-Rector, Khazar University. He reflects on Khazaria, a multiconfessional part of the Turkish steppes, positioned between the Byzantine and Umayyad Empire and the issues surrounding primary Khazar sources.

Religions in the Caucasus – Bernard Outtier

More than 50 theologians, historians, academics and researchers gathered at the Hallam Conference Centre in London for the Religions in the Caucasus conference, organised by TEAS on 3–4 March.

This video contains an interview with Professor Bernard Outtier, Honorary Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia; Director of the National Centre for Scientific Research. He reflects on the lasting linguistic legacy of the Caucasian Albanians, who brought Christianity to Azerbaijan in the 4th Century AD; the ongoing challenges for the Udis, who maintain the Caucasian Albanian legacy; and the deliberate systematic destruction of Caucasian Albania and its people’s identity.

Religions in the Caucasus – Conference Highlights

More than 50 theologians, historians, academics and researchers gathered at the Hallam Conference Centre in London for the Religions in the Caucasus conference, organised by TEAS on 3–4 March. The event featured 18 academic papers presented by experts from Poland, France, Germany and Georgia, amongst other countries.

The Caucasus sits at the crossroads of some of the world’s great empires and religions. Azerbaijan is renowned for its multiconfessional tolerance, where Judaism, Christianity and Islam sit comfortably together. This video features some highlights and impressions from the event.

Novruz celebration – VIP concert

A staggering 1300 London-based residents from the Caucasus and Central Asia, together with those fascinated by the region, attended a celebration of Novruz at University College, London (UCL) on 23 March, sponsored by TEAS. This vibrant, colourful and family-oriented celebration showcased the traditions, food and national dress of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tatarstan (Russian Federation), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

This memorable day concluded with a concert for VIP guests featuring traditional songs and dances from each country represented. This video includes the thoughts of some attendees on the meaning of Novruz and significance of the event.

Azerbaijan – The Land of Peace exhibition, Brussels

This remarkable free exhibition of 100 photographs, showcasing Azerbaijan’s traditions, life, culture and history, opened on 11 February at the European Parliament. The opening networking cocktail was organised by TEAS Belgium, in collaboration with Niki Tzavela MEP (EFD, Greece). The selection of images provided an invaluable overview of everyday life in this western-facing, cosmopolitan, secular country, which is renowned for its religious tolerance.

The opening was attended by over 400 MEPs, European Council members, diplomats, European Parliament researchers and journalists, including Fiorello Provera MEP (EFD, Italy), H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Head of the Azerbaijani Mission to the EU, Dr Asim Mollazade, Azerbaijani MP and Chairman, Democratic Reforms Party and Ambassador Arif Mammadov, Head of EU Mission to the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC). This video gives an overview of the event.

Ed Kashi: Unresolved Dreams Exhibition, Paris

New York-based Ed Kashi is one of the world’s leading photojournalists, having worked for the National GeographicNewsweek, Time and The New York Times. Co-founder of the VII Photo Agency, he has spent his life documenting areas of the world impacted by human tragedies. Commissioned by TEAS, Ed recently pointed his lens towards some of the Azerbaijani IDPs and refugees who are the ongoing casualties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Charting their everyday lives in four displacement camps across Azerbaijan, the startling results were displayed at the Galerie Joseph from 19–25 June. This film captures some highlights from the opening on 18 June attended by around 90 people, including fellow photographers, journalists, diplomats and musicians.

Five Roads Back Home Istanbul Exhibition Opening in Tophane i Amire

More than 200 guests attended the opening of an emotionally-charged exhibition focusing on the stark faces of some of the estimated 875,000 Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs – the ongoing victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – in the 14th Century Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre (Mimar Sinan University) in Istanbul on 5 June. This moving exhibition was organised by TEAS Turkey, and showcased the outstanding and inspirational work of the renowned German photographer Philipp Rathmer. All 50 photographs were taken in Azerbaijan in the IDP camps of Takhtakorpu and Gunzali, near the Armenian border, and Darnagul and Gizilgum, located north of Baku.

Novruz celebration in London

A staggering 1300 London-based residents from the Caucasus and Central Asia, together with those fascinated by the region, attended a celebration of Novruz at the main quadrant of University College, London (UCL) on 23 March, sponsored by TEAS. This vibrant, colourful and family-oriented celebration showcased the traditions, food and national dress of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tatarstan (Russian Federation), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Food from each of the countries represented was served from their respective tents, and souvenirs and leaflets were distributed.

Although the origins of Novruz remain shrouded in mystery, predating the advent of Christianity and Islam in Azerbaijan, the festival is generally recognised as celebrating the New Year and the time of rebirth at the start of spring. This video shows highlights from the event.

Ed Kashi: Unresolved Dreams Exhibition, London

New York-based Ed Kashi is one of the world’s leading photojournalists, having worked for the National Geographic, Newsweek, Time and The New York Times. Co-founder of the VII Photo Agency, he has spent his life documenting areas of the world impacted by human tragedies. Commissioned by TEAS, Ed pointed his lens towards a handful of the IDPs and refugees who are the ongoing casualties of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Charting their everyday lives in four displacement camps across Azerbaijan, the startling results were displayed at the gallery@oxo – located in London’s iconic Oxo Tower on the South Bank. On 9 April, around 150 people, including fellow photographers, journalists and diplomats, attended the opening, and more than 450 people visited the gallery during the following three days. This film captures some highlights from the opening.

Isfar Sarabski Trio in Paris

The Isfar Sarabski Trio made a triumphant return to Paris on 16 May 2014 as a part of the famous Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris, performing before a wildly appreciative audience of over 300. Now in its 14th edition, the festival is one of the staple fixtures of the Parisian jazz calendar, and audiences comprise critics, musicians and fans alike. Performing a rich blend of music, most of which were Isfar’s own compositions, this concert was supported by TEAS. It took place at the Maison des Cultures du Monde cultural centre, which focuses on cultural exchange and the maintenance of cultural diversity.

The Trio comprised Isfar Sarabski (piano), Makar Novikov (bass) and Alexander Mashin (drums). This video features highlights of the concert and reflections from Frédéric Charbaut, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival and Marion Paoli, Chief Editor, Couleurs Jazz Magazine.

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