Vertical Gardening / The Carpet

Fredag, 14 Oktober 2011 07:17


In the village of Dura Al Kara, between Jalazone refugee Camp and the Israeli settlement Beit El, lies a valley with fertile planting soil and a natural water supply. Here the project Vertical Gardening / The Carpet has grounded its roots. A festival combining the art of leisure time and entertainment with workshops and collective activities. By mobilizing the area through activities, we also aim to defy the frequent attempts of appropriation from the settlers; not with aggression, but by cultivation and production.

The project started the 11th of September preparing the site to host a 10 days festival from October the 5th to October the 15th, this combination of Living Room and Working Space is open for anyone interested in Gardening, Collective Cooking and Dinners, Open air movie screenings and Discussions, Dabke contests, Media- and Video workshops, Green House construction, Concerts, Land Art workshops, Yoga, Compost techniques, Ping Pong tournaments and Dance Performances.

We don't make any difference between participants and audience; we all entertain and teach each other. All those with expertise are welcome to instruct and exchange. Bring your own instrument to play or seeds to plant, and a few coins to buy coffe and snacks. Join us for a 1 hour-visit, or stay for the whole period.

For info on opening hours and map, see the facebook page for Vertical Gardening




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In Vertical Gardening we combine production of social imaginaries with practical concretization of collective ideas through one action: planting. Together with the communities of refugee camps, students and local artists, we use the space available in the camp, planting on the roofs, windows and walls. 

The objective is to embellish the camp and build a micro-economy, as well as finding strategies to discuss the organization and use of public space in complex environments and the creation of public arenas for meetings. 

Our aim is to spread gardens in as many as possible refugee camps in the West Bank within the next 5 years.

by Anders Paulin and Sara Gebran. 

The project is made in collaboration with choreographer/film maker Ylva Henrikson (Se) and Palestinian Artists/Film curator Bashar Hassuneh, in cooperation with the Al-Karama Center of the Jalazoun Refugee camp ( among other artists and institutions in the West Bank (

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The project Vertical Gardening has received support from the Nordic Culture Point´s  module for Production-based activities.