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Gold shipping container in a courtyard with a brightly coloured feature wall in the background and tables and chairs and greenery in the foreground.

For the next six months, the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site will host the first gold portal in the southern hemisphere.

Gold portals connect people from all over the world to share experiences, exchange ideas, and increase cross-cultural learning through immersive audiovisual technology.

Portals are built from shipping containers or buildings and are fitted with screens and speakers, and supported by WiFi internet, to create a face-to-face, real time experience, as if participants were interacting in the same space, not thousands of kilometres apart.

The exciting and innovative Adelaide_Portal will enable participants to communicate with others in many of the 25 portals located around the world, such as Times Square in New York, London, Mexico City, Erbil in Iraq and Gaza in Palestine. The gold portals are situated in diverse locations including parks, museums, refugee camps, schools, universities, art centres and technology hubs.

The portals are a gateway for individuals to learn new languages and current events, connect with industry professionals, and explore start up ideas with entrepreneurs in technology hubs.

Worldwide, 15,000 connections are made per month, creating an eye-opening and unforgettable experience between strangers with an average of 650,000 people passing portals daily around the world.

The portals were developed by Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary art, design and technology collective which creates innovative and interconnected environments around the world for participants to engage naturally.

Presented by Renewal SA, the gold portal is part of a comprehensive plan to activate the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site during its redevelopment.

The Adelaide_Portal launched on Friday 10 November, with a first connection and a Kaurna welcome performed live to Times Square at 10.00 am.

Bookings can be made online at Walk-ins are are also welcomed when possible.

The portal will be open for visitors Thursday to Saturday as follows.

Thursday 23 November 2017

9.30 am – 12.30 pm San Pedro Sula, Honduras

1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Kabul, Afghanistan

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm Amman, Jordan

Friday 24 November 2017

9.00 am – 11.30 am Mexico City, Mexico

1.30 pm – 3.30 pm Yangon, Myanmar

4.30 pm – 6.30 pm Nairobi, Kenya

Saturday 25 November 2017

9:30 am – 12.00 pm Colorado Springs, USA

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Herat, Afghanistan

4:30 pm – 6:30pm Erbil, Iraq

Friday 1 December 2017

9.30 am–12.00 pm Mission, USA

1.30 pm–3.30 pm Yangon, Myanmar

4.30 pm–6.30 pm Erbil, Iraq

Saturday 2 December 2017

9.30 am–12.00 pm San Pedro Sula, Honduras

1.30 pm–3.30 pm Herat, Afghanistan

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