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Established in May 2015, the Syrian Peace Action Center (SPACE) is a non-profit, independent association that focuses on providing room for Syrians and Syria with the aim of combating the violent fragmentation the people of Syria are undergoing. The underlying assumption that frames the work of SPACE is that the role of the people in political questions remains at bottom the main problem facing Syria today. SPACE emphasizes that the question of Syria can only be answered democratically, and that any narrative that excludes the people is ultimately an endorsement of undemocratic and inhumane processes. In 2011, for the first time since decades the Syrian people have reclaimed the public space and started constructing their narratives, gains we believe are irrevocable and are building blocks for a democratic and just Syrian society. Find out more about SPACE.

News and Past Events

The Warriors of Hope: Syria’s New Civil Society
The Warriors of Hope: Syria’s New Civil Society
SPACE, in collaboration with Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival, invites you to a panel on  Syria’s New Civil Society. The only positive that has...
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The Question of Syria – Syria Are… | Media Roundup
The Question of Syria – Syria Are… | Media Roundup
In case you missed The Question of Syria - Syria are.., here is a snapshot of the event's media coverage; the main articles and interviews...
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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, with Kinan Azmeh
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, with Kinan Azmeh
In collaboration with Film fra Sør, we invite you to a unique experience with a screening of the documentary “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma...
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Keynote Speech by Mazen Darwish
Keynote Speech by Mazen Darwish
Mazen Darwish, one of Syria’s most prominent human rights activists, gave a speech about his experience in Syria before and after the revolution as a...
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Syria Are… – The Question of Syria
Syria Are… – The Question of Syria
Last year, SPACE organized The Question of Syria engaging Norwegians in the struggle of Syrians through panels that focused on the political situation, civil society...
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#MoreInCommon – Celebrating the life of Jo Cox
#MoreInCommon – Celebrating the life of Jo Cox
“We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us". Jo Cox Today, 22 June, Jo Cox would have...
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Bab Assalam at the Nordic Black Theatre
Bab Assalam at the Nordic Black Theatre
On May 22, SPACE and the Nordic Black Theatre/Cafeteatret organized a concert by the Franco-Syrian band Bab Assalam, with Khaled Aljaramani (Oud & vocals), Mohanad...
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Art night at Kunstplass [10]
Art night at Kunstplass [10]
SPACE and Kunstplass [10] organized a cosy art night on May 20. Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing...
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Syrian Cultural Caravan
Syrian Cultural Caravan
The Syrian society has witnessed an unprecedented explosion in cultural and artistic expression since the beginning of the revolution in 2011. The burgeoning of Syrian...
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Meet us in Human Rights Human Wrongs 2016!
Meet us in Human Rights Human Wrongs 2016!
SPACE is glad to be collaborating with the Human Rights Human Wrongs Festival for the second year. This year we are organizing a screening of...
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Anna Politkovskaya and Razan Zaitouneh
Anna Politkovskaya and Razan Zaitouneh
Today we remember the courageous Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya. Anna is widely known for her brave coverage of the human rights...
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The Question of Syria
The Question of Syria
The Syrian Peace Action Centre (SPACE) in Oslo invites you to ‘The Question of Syria’ — a three-day event of panel discussions and film screenings...
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Videos

Artist Talk: Sulafa Hijazi / Golan Haji / Fadlabi
Artist Talk: Sulafa Hijazi / Golan Haji / Fadlabi
SPACE, in collaboration with Globaliseringskonferansen, organized Artist Talk: Sulafa Hijazi / Golan Haji / Fadlabi on Oct. 30. More about the...
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The Syria International – Robin Yassin-Kassab
The Syria International – Robin Yassin-Kassab
  Why should the world be interested in Syria at all? Is the world interested, at what level? What are the...
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Syria: between political catastrophe and cultural resilience – Karam Nachar
Syria: between political catastrophe and cultural resilience – Karam Nachar
  While the Syrian war seems to embody all that is complex, alien, and thus incomprehensible about the Middle East, the...
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Misreading Syria: Sectarian Secularism – Thomas Pierret
Misreading Syria: Sectarian Secularism – Thomas Pierret
Persistent claims that the Syrian regime is “non-sectarian” result from a failure to distinguish between sectarianism as an explicit ideology, and...
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Iyad El-Baghdadi – Lightning Talk
Iyad El-Baghdadi – Lightning Talk
“Refugees do not want charity, they want solidarity – and solidarity is recognizing that it’s one struggle.” Iyad el-Baghdadi's lightning talk...
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The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution – Sana Yazigi
The Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution – Sana Yazigi
Sana Yazigi - Oslo, 26 September 2015 “There is no political power without control of the archive, if not of memory....
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Performing Democracy: Syrian Art Practices Today
Performing Democracy: Syrian Art Practices Today
Mohammad Al Attar and Zaher Omareen. Moderated by Rana Issa Through their different media and production techniques, Zaher Omareen and Mohammad Al...
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Narratives of Survival – Marcell Shehwaro
Narratives of Survival – Marcell Shehwaro
  This panel provides a general snapshot on life at the local level during the conflict in Syria. In between state-failure,...
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