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Lublin, a Portal for the future

The Portal The Portal Photo by Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives CROSSROADS

The City of Lublin, 2023 European Youth Capital, in cooperation with the City of Vilnius, the Lithuanian Benediktas Gylys Foundation and the Centre of Intercultural Creative Initiatives “Crossroads”opens in new tab carry out an international project called Portal.

The concrete construction is located at Litewski Square in Lublin. The Lublin-Vilnius portal was officially opened on May 26, 2021.
The main component of the initiative is a concrete object resembling a virtual door and will be present in the public space until August. Using cameras and a large round screen, the installation will transmit the image between Lublin and Vilnius through an internet connection.

Portal is a ticket to travel in time, to the city of the future. Due to the new technologies usage, we will create a visual bridge and enable residents to experience a unique feeling, called the “overview effect”. An experience known so far only to astronauts who experience watching the Earth from outer space causes a radical change in self-awareness and gives a sense of community.

The project, which integrates and awakens the awareness of unity, will allow mutual observation, and establish contact in real-time. It will bring cities together, encourage to meet new people and cultures, and will be a place for dialogue bringing us closer. The main idea of the project is to create a communication platform for passers-by, but also institutions and organisations. PORTAL creates the opportunity to show Lublin’s projects in the Lithuanian capital, and interactive activities on both sides.

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