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January 2018

Aleppo’s Fall

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cinemateket, Dronningens gate 16
Oslo, Oslo 0105 Norway
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Om filmen Aleppos opprør mot regimet og senere sammenbrudd under massivt bombardement er som et symbol på den arabiske våren. Folket reiste seg i protest mot diktaturet men motstanden var splittet i mange fraksjoner og den klarte aldri stå imot volden fra regimet. I filmen Aleppo's Fall reiser den norsk-syriske regissøren Nizam Najjar tilbake til sin hjemby. Bevæpnet med sitt kamera følger han en gruppe sivile som under fanene til The Free Syrian Army griper til våpen for å forsvare…

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March 2018

HUMAN Festival: Taste of Cement

March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17
Oslo, 0167 Norway
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In collaboration with HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival and Kunstnernes Hus The Film: Taste of Cement A portrait of workers in exile, Taste of Cement is an empathetic encounter with people who have lost their past and their future, locked in the recurring present. A poetic essay documentary about Syrian construction workers building new skyscrapers in Beirut. As they help rebuild ruined neighbourhoods in the aftermath of the Lebanese civil war, their own houses at home are being shelled. The…

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Reconstructing Syria: Towards Establishing Rights-based Guiding Principles

March 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3
Oslo, 0186 Norway
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Welcome to a lunch seminar co-hosted by the Syrian Peace Action Centre (SPACE) and PRIO, on establishing rights-based guiding principles to discuss reconstructing Syria. ​Background The war in Syria is far from over. The recent escalation by the Syrian regime and its ally, Russia, against civilians in Eastern Ghouta, and the Turkish military offensive against Kurdish-held Afrin in the north, has engendered more suffering and destruction in an increasingly entangled matrix of regional and international players. What does it mean…

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When Time Is All You Have Left: A Space Reading Circle

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - March 23 @ 9:00 pm
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstraße 24
Berlin, 10719 Germany
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“When Time Is All You Have Left” explores how synchronization and translation mediate our experience of lost time as a temporality of migration. Lost time is an experience that is central to the dissonance felt in the shift from familiar rhythms to the mastery of new temporalities that we struggle to participate in shaping. This reading circle explores the problems with regard to human relations to time, taking migration as a starting point to explore the temporal transformations that govern…

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September 2018

Evening with Faraj Bayrakdar

September 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melahuset, Mariboes gate 8
Oslo, 0183 Norway
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Thus prison is time you mark the first days on walls the following months on memory but when the years become a long train tired of whistling despairing of a station you try something else: forgetting – Excerpts from Mirrors of Absence by Faraj Bayrakdar With his short verses, the award-winning poet and uncompromising dissident Faraj Bayrakdar creates a space to exercise freedom in the face of despair, inhumanity and struggle against tyranny. Join us for a poetic evening with…

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Syrian Doc Days – Oslo

September 8 @ 5:00 pm - September 10 @ 7:00 pm
Cinemateket, Dronningens gate 16
Oslo, Oslo 0105 Norway
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Syrian Doc Days - Oslo What Syria Was and What it Must Not Be In this first ever Syrian Doc Days in Oslo we will take a deep look into the Syrian society under the authoritarian rule of the Baath party and the Assad regime. Through documentary films and discussions we will examine the relationship between the Syrian state and its citizens and how Syrians under the one-party rule were subjected to systematic censorship and institutionalized humiliation. On the last…

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October 2018

The Question of Syria – Doomed by Hope

October 11 @ 5:00 pm - October 12 @ 8:00 pm
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29
Oslo, Oslo 0167 Norway
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For the fourth year in a row, SPACE welcomes you to the annual conference The Question of Syria. During two days of talks, panel discussions and short film screenings, activists, academics, artists and writers will share their reflections on everyday hope as practiced and lived by ordinary people with focus on Syrians and Palestinians. The Question of Syria 2018 - Doomed by Hope takes its cue from the famous last line of Saadallah Wannous' speech on World Theater Day (1996):…

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Concert with Simona Abdallah

October 12 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Melahuset, Mariboes gate 8
Oslo, 0183 Norway
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SPACE and Mela invite you to a special concert with the internationally-acclaimed percussionist Simona Abdallah concluding The Question of Syria - Doomed by Hope conference. Simona plays Arabic percussion, primarily the Darbuka, a goblet-shaped drum. She fuses her ancestral Arabic rhythms with House, Electronica and World music. The Darbuka is considered solely a masculine instrument, and is traditionally always played by men. That makes Simona the first female musician from an Arabic background to break the tradition with an internationally…

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November 2018

Freedom to Remember/Create – Oslo World Seminars

November 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6
Oslo, Oslo 0181 Norway
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Syrian artists Khaled Barakeh and Diala Brisly will discuss their artistic practices and processes, what it means to create within contexts of oppression and exile; physically dispersed yet under a shared collective experience. They will also discuss contemporary artistic expression by other Syrian artists in the Middle East, across the diaspora and from those who have recently relocated to new realities. How do the arts preserve cultural heritage? What narratives do they create? How do the arts and creative sector…

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Mapping Home – Oslo World Workshop

November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6
Oslo, Oslo 0181 Norway
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Maps have been extensively used to tell stories and to show how the stories relate to a place. Equally, narratives have contributed to the shaping and production of a place. How do we make sense of a place that we no longer can visit? What places do we remember and long for? What narratives live in these places and what can they tell about us and about “home”? How do we begin to discover and become acquainted with a new…

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