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History 
 
Sha’ar started as a bilingual festival of new poetry which enabled the best young writers to have a platform; and allowed Israeli audiences to discover new writers of the future. At the same time it built new audiences for poetry through multimedia presentations. Sha’ar, with its multidisciplinary performances (including, music, theatre, dance, video, rap and the visual arts) has pushed poetry out of a traditional isolation into collaboration. Since 2004, Sha’ar has built on these strands and become an annual international festival. Already it has presented poets from Asia and America as well as Europe; the radical mixture and pacy format remain the same and the festival plays to packed.   houses Like Helicon’s Arabic-Hebrew Poetry School, the Sha'ar Festival was established at the burst of the Intifada, during a period of political unrest and in the midst of questions of identity and belonging, regarding the actual essence of Israeli society. Helicon has been able to bring together cultural worlds in encounters that raised questions and  answered them through writing, dialogue and mutual creativity