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Denmark multi-media show highlights Cairo’s history

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Denmark’s lauded outdoor multi-media installation, the WALL, is set to offer a visual journey through Cairo’s history, reported Egypt-based Ahram Online on Friday.

Starting on Aug. 30, the 12 meter by two meter wall of four plasma screens in Copenhagen will display images synonymous with Cairo’s custom’s and people. The installation will parallel the Images Festival, one of Scandinavia’s biggest arts and culture festivals, according to Ahram Online.

The WALL also allows the audience to login to the interface and upload their own photos, involving them in the story telling process.

“In the first half year of operations, the WALL attracted more than 400,000 users who viewed more than 2,000,000 images, sent more than 60,000 personal postcards, and maybe most important, uploaded 2,500 new contributions of their own,” the WALL’s promotional material explains.

The installation, named Sanduq el-Dunia, will portray a series of important moments in the history of Cairo, and the social elements that characterize the city.

Modern technology will be used to present Egyptians’ 1919 resistance to British rule, the struggle for women’s rights, the January 25 Revolution among dozens of other themes.

The project is the result of cooperation between the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), the Museum of Copenhagen and a number of cultural institutions in Cairo.

The installation will be displayed until Sept. 7.