New World Embassy: Rojava
26-27 November 2016
Oslo City Hall, Norway

Entrance free, registration required due to limited seating:

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a temporary embassy that will be constructed in Oslo, and which represents, through cultural means, the ideals of “stateless democracy” developed by the communities of the autonomous region of Rojava, northern Syria. The embassy will consist of a large-scale oval shaped architectural structure, designed as an “ideological planetarium.”

The Embassy will operate for two consecutive days on 26 and 27 November 2016, bringing representatives from Rojava together with international politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, students, artists, and more. Through open deliberation and public discussion the New World Embassy: Rojava proposes a platform to build new transnational relationships and explore alternative models of people’s diplomacy. This includes an analysis of the history, ideals, and implementation of stateless democracy; of the successes of Rojava in building a new civil society in a war-torn region; and finally the alternative that Rojava proposes in order to confront the crises of democracy seen on a global scale.

The New World Embassy: Rojava is a collaboration between the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava and Studio Jonas Staal.

The project is part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, After Belonging: A Triennale In Residence, On Residence and the Ways We Stay in Transit, and funded and co-produced by KORO, Public Art Norway/ URO.


New World Embassy: Rojava Livestream Day 1

New World Embassy: Rojava Day 2

New World Embassy: Livestream Day 2


Asya Abdullah > Co-Chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)

Sînem Mohammed > European Representative of the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava

Salih Muslim > Co-Chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)

Bassam Said Ishak > President of the Syriac National Council (SNC)

Aldar Xalîl > Executive Council Member of the Movement for a Democratic Society (Tev-Dem)


Moussa Ag Assarid > Free Azawad

Seher Aydar > Solidarity with Kurdistan

Kate Shea Baird > Barcelona en Comú

Refik Gefur > Kurdish National Congress, KNK

Macer Gifford > People's protection Units, YPG

Hanne Sophie Greve > Former judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

Despina Koutsoumba > The Front of the Greek Anticapitalist Left, ANTARSYA

Lorenzo Marsili > DiEM25 / European Alternatives

Katerin Mendez > Feminist Initiative!

Runar Myrnes Balto > Sámi Parliament

Laura Raicovich > Queens Museum

Shela Sheikh > Goldsmiths, University of London / Forensic Architecture

Sana Soleman Elmansouri > Supreme Council of of the Amazigh of Libya

Kariane Westrheim > University of Bergen


Joost Jongerden > University of Wageningen

Maria Hlavajova > BAK, basis voor actuele kunst Utrecht

Radha D’Souza > Westminster university