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Interview with Eric Blétard, AWEX

Eric Blétard, Economic and Commercial Attaché for Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan, Wallonia Export–Investment Agency (AWEX), outlines the burgeoning opportunities for Belgian companies in Azerbaijan and how bilateral trading relations are currently being strengthened.

The interview followed the first Business Forum Belgium–Azerbaijan, which took place in Brussels on 25 September, organised by TEAS Belgium in partnership with AWEX, Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT) and Brussels Invest and Export (BIE).

Khojaly – Bern, Switzerland

Gabala – A Place in the World

This film, directed by Tom Watt, tells the story of FC Gabala as it enters the qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League for the first time. It also outlines the activities of the Gabala Sports Club, of which FC Gabala is an integral element. This includes the participation of Gabala boxers in a match against Repton Boxing Club in East London in 2014, and a football game between FC Gabala and the Arsenal Legends a year earlier. These events were organised by TEAS to raise awareness of the estimated 875,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees who are the ongoing victims of the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

The film includes interviews with Tale Heydarov, Chairman, Gabala Sports Club and Tony Adams, Former England and Arsenal Captain and Advisor to Gabala Sports Club. It also features music by the Sabina Rakcheyeva Ensemble.

Charity Football Match: World Refugee IDP XI vs. The Arsenal Legends

On 23 June, a charity football match, sponsored by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), took place between the World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (WRIDPs) XI and the Arsenal Legends at Barnet FC’s Underhill Stadium, attended by a crowd of 3,600. Mo Farah, the Olympic double gold medal-winning British athlete, managed the Arsenal Legends, and Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer, managed the World Refugee IDP XI. The match attracted considerable media interest.

Summer Jazz and Politics 2014

On 3 July, more than 300 people attended the Summer Jazz and Politics 2014 event at Kunztschule at the invitation of TEAS Germany. The reception and concert by the talented young 24-year-old Azerbaijani pianist Isfar Sarabski took place only a few metres away from the historic ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ landmark and Berlin’s famous Gendarmenmarkt, The guests included Bundestag members, diplomats, music journalists and selected members of Berlin society.

Isfar won the Solo Jazz Piano Prize at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in 2009, and performed in Berlin alongside the regular members of his trio – Alexander Mashin (drums) and Makar Novikov (bass) – in front of an enthusiastic audience. Recently, Isfar has been on the international stage again with his performance at the MIDEM Festival in Cannes, and the TEAS-sponsored concert at the Festival Jazz Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris. This video features music from the concert and reflections from attendees, including Olav Gutting MP (CDU/CSU).

Offside: A Flying Dutchman’s Obsession with an exiled Azerbaijani Football Team

This film by Thomas Goltz focuses on the story of FK Qarabag Agdam, which has been forced to play ‘away’ from its home stadium since 1993, following the Armenian occupation of the city. This was also the year when the club won its last championship.

Arthur Huizinger, a Dutch freelance journalist and writer, became aware of the situation in the early 2000s, and subsequently wrote a photographic book entitled Offside: Football in Exile, in collaboration with photojournalist Dirk-Jan Visser, and a non-fiction novel Never a Homegame: A Football War in the Caucasus, both of which were nominated for several awards. This short film gives the background to the team, contains interviews with former players, who are now Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and culminates with the final for the 2014 Azerbaijan Premier League Championship between FK Qarabag and FK Inter. 

Gala Charity Boxing: Gabala vs. Repton (London)

On 27 June, TEAS organised a Gala Charity Boxing Match at York Hall – the home of East London boxing. Over eight bouts, boxers from the Repton club were pitted against an Azerbaijani team from the Gabala Sports Club. Gary Newbon – the face of ITV sport for nearly 40 years – compered the evening. He is now a mainstay of Sky Sports’ presenting team, and Sky Sports broadcast live interviews from the event.

The event, arranged in collaboration with Tony ‘Mr Arsenal’ Adams and Darren ‘Dazzling’ Barker raised £10,000 for the Mo Farah Foundation. It also increased awareness of the ‘Many Happy Returns’ campaign, which highlights the plight of the estimated 875,000 Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs who are the ongoing victims of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The star-studded audience included former WBC world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno and former WBC world light-heavyweight champion John Conteh. The video shows highlights from this memorable evening.

Religions in the Caucasus – Martin Rzepka

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 Dr Martin Rzepka, Institute of History, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow. He speaks on the impact of missionary activities in the Caucasus during the 19th Century and the multiconfessional nature of Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Religions in the Caucasus – Marek Olbrycht

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 Marek Olbrycht, Dept. of Ancient History and Oriental Studies, University of Rzeszow. He reflects on the importance of the Parthian Empire, the challenges surrounding research into the Caucasian Albanian empire, the importance of recent archaeological discoveries, and the accurate geographical location of Armenia.

Religions in the Caucasus – Jost Gippert

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 Dr Jost Gippert, University of Frankfurt, Institute for Empirical Linguistics. He considers the multiethnic, polylinguistic nature of the Caucasus and Azerbaijan, in particular. Professor Gippert also discusses some recent findings that provide a fascinating insight into the continuity between the Caucasian Albanian and modern Udi languages.

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