On 23 September, over 200 projectors painted the façade of the main building of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in different colours during the Circle of Light festival. The projection exceeded 40,000 square metres in size, beating the record of last year’s show, projected onto the buildings of the Defence Ministry, which had been entered into the Guinness Book of Records. Viewers were able to see two multimedia performances. The story of “Infinite MSU” is based on a trip through the world of knowledge in the company of Mikhail Lomonosov, the university’s founder. The animated story “The Custodian” is dedicated to the centenary of the creation of Russia’s nature reserves. The story’s main characters set out on a journey to save the world from a raging fire. On the way, they have to pass through woods, Kalmykia’s steppes and Lake Baikal.
On the same day, video shows were also projected on the buildings of VDNKh’s Central Pavilion and the Bolshoi Theatre. In all, the festival drew over 500,000 people on its first day.
The Circle of Light festival will run until 27 September, featuring light shows and fireworks at its six sites, which, in addition to the MSU high-rise, VDNKh and the Bolshoi Theatre, include Manezhnaya Square, Grebnoi Kanal (the Rowing Canal) and the Izvestia Concert Hall. Other events include lectures, workshops and presentations.
At three sites, light shows are dedicated to Russian cinematography and the Year of Cinema. Characters from Soviet and Russian films can be seen on the Bolshoi Theatre’s facade. The Manezh building will be the site of light and laser installations about scientific discoveries which have become milestone events in filmmaking. At VDNKh, the art group Khor Turetskogo will perform songs from Russian movies to light images that will be projected onto the Central Pavilion building.
This is the sixth year the Circle of Light festival is being held in Moscow. In 2011, it drew 250,000 spectators, and in 2015, the figure climbed to 7.5 million. At different times, its sites have included Red Square, Tsaritsino Park, the Bolshoi Theatre, VDNKh, Manezh and the Ostankino TV Tower.