AboutMeter al Meter – One Square Meter
The Jerusalem Poetry Festival, 12-14 July, 2011
The Jerusalem-based K'tovet Poetry Group is proud to announce the upcoming 4th annual "One Meter Square" Poetry Festival. Over eighty of Israel's leading poets and musicians will be taking part in a variety of 15 events, all dealing with the many different forms of Israeli space – small, intimate, and "one meter square". According to Israeli police regulations, organizers of public events are obliged to maintain a reasonable level of crowding based on a benchmark of one meter square per person. It is therefore both symbolic and ironic that one meter square is a festival standard designed to ensure both pleasure and safety. One meter square outlines an existential compromise in a world that is becoming progressively smaller, in a country that is becoming progressively more cramped for the peoples who inhabit it, in a small city center and above all, within the poem itself, where less always contains more.
The Festival will take place in the Botanic Garden in the heart of Jerusalem.
The participating poets will read from their works and talk to audiences
in intimate green spaces and in cafés in the garden. The various venues
have been carefully selected so as to enable even large numbers of people
to experience the unique intimacy of this green space, near the lake. The themes
of the performances are also intimately connected to the spirit of the
"one meter square"- "little letters", "small talk", and more.
The K'tovet Group has been active for the past eight years in Jerusalem,
hosting scores of poetry and music performances, creative writing
workshops and encounters with poets from Israel and abroad.