Salaam Cinema

community based cinema, art space and urban garden

Salaam cinema is a community based cinema and art space, run by a team of creatives to create social awareness through artistic practices and build bridges between communities, social classes and cultures.

The team has a horizontal organizational structure and operates the space by the fundamental principles of inclusivity, equality and diversity.


– Offer quality programming of creative films, performances, exhibitions & educational events
– Support local film-making and film history. The cinema’s audience gets the chance to discover new Azerbaijani films and rediscover movies which have written the Azerbaijani film history.
– Support local artists and encourage community collaboration
– Draw inspiration from the city and activate the local urban vision
– Create opportunities for young creative to develop personal skills
– Build and exchange collective knowledge through non-formal education and experiential processes

What makes the organisation unique?

Salaam Cinema is unique due to their practices of commoning; establishing a safe space for isolated groups in conservative societies; fostering an environment for the personal development of women & lgbtqi+ members; film & artistic programming that focuses on films from the region and increasing representation of women & lgbtqi+.

What TEH projects are they a part of?

Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities



Baku, Azerbaijan


  • Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300), Outdoor stage, Multifunction Hall, Garden, Courtyard, Art Gallery, Co-working Space, Library, Multi-purpose Space, Meeting Room, Workshop room, Cinema, Artists Studio, Rehearsal or Practice Room

  • Research, Production, Distribution, Exhibition and Programming, Education and Training, Financing and grant making, National advocacy

  • Music, Theatre / Performance, Dance, Visual Arts, Multimedia and interactive Arts, Ecology and Sustainability, Democratic and civil society development, Art residencies, Film, Crafts, Community and Relational Arts, Education, Publishing, Architecture and Urbanism

  • Religious Building, Utilities and Communication Infrastructure