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Circle of Light Festival

There is hardly a single dweller of Moscow who have never visited the Circle of Light Festival This event is held every autumn under the aegis of Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism. The famous Moscow buildings, like the Bolshoi Theatre, the main building of the Moscow State University, VDNKh pavilions and architectural ensembles in parks are used as screens for light projections and cartoons. In 2015, the Circle of Light Festival won the Guinness World Record for the largest projected image. According to the event website, the next year the festival was attended by 212,000 visitors.

The Circle of Light Festival is a bright, unusual event full of diversity. The sites of the festival open when the night falls and the best place for watching is the Moscow parks. There you will enjoy both the light show and the light sculptures. For example, in November 2015 the festival visitors who came to Tsaritsyno park had a chance to see the sculptures dedicated to Love. The most popular one was in the form of metal frames of a man and a woman sitting back to back. Inside these frames there were small figures of a boy and a girl holding hands.

In autumn 2016, the Tsaritsyno park gate was used as a screen for a children’s cartoon, and the facade of the Moscow State University building displayed a series of light images telling brief history of Russia from the Soviet period to the Moscow festivals held nowadays. Many visitors came to the Bolshoi Theatre square. Year after year it becomes the most popular site of the Circle of Light. The the Bolshoi Theatre facade screen displayed abstract pictures. Lighting technicians show their skills transposing the columns and moving the windows across the building wall. Then the columns were transformed into trees twined with roses with Carmen, character of opera by French composer Georges Bizet. Then came the storm: waves flooded the square and lightnings lighted the Bolshoi Theatre facade. End-of-holiday was a spectacular illusioin of the Bolshoi Theatre and its further restoring. Spectators applauded.

‘Every year the miracles of videomapping (the art of creating 3D projections on physical objects) stir our imagination more and more,’ journalists wrote.

Every year, this festival gathers video mapping professionals from all over the world: From China, Spain, Germany, France, and Great Britain. They admit that the Russian festival of light and light technique is one of the world’s largest and diversified event of this kind in the world. This festival along with the other street festivals, like Moscow Seasons festival cycle, Journey to Christmas (an art festival dedicated to the winter season holidays), Times & Epochs (event covering the history of Ancient Rus), Spasskaya Tower (Military Music Festival) make foreigner think of Moscow not only is a location of the Pushkin Museum, Red Square and Tretyakov Gallery but also as a city having many other attractive sites.

In 2017 the festival is scheduled for November 25 and 26.


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