Circle of Light Festival sets Guinness World Record

Circle of Light Festival sets Guinness World Record
Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
The festival made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the largest projected image and the most powerful luminous flux for image projection.

Sergei Sobyanin visited the Music of the City of Light multimedia light projection show at the Grebnoi Canal in Krylatskoye that closed the 6th Circle of Light International Festival in Moscow.

“Congratulations on such a big event, Circle of Light, that is now the best video-mapping show in the world. Frankly speaking, we are not seeking records. Circle of Light is part of a huge effort to create a beautiful, modern and comfortable city of Moscow. Friends, I would like to thank the 150 design teams that came here to create such a festive atmosphere,” the Moscow Mayor said.

Sergei Sobyanin also thanked festival organisers and Muscovites who came to watch the show.

“The festival has become a Moscow tradition. It is one of the world’s best video-mapping events. I hope it will continue through the next years,” Sergei Sobyanin added.

The festival took place across Moscow at six venues on 23−27 September. The shows were projected on the Moscow State University building, at the Grebnoi Canal, VDNKh (Pavilion 1 and the main alley), and on the Bolshoi Theatre, Izvestia Hall and Digital October Centre.

Circle of Light opened on 23 September outside Moscow State University. Over 200 powerful light projectors created an image of over 40,000 square metres with over million lumens of flux on the façade of the building. The audience saw two shows, Guardian and Boundless Moscow University.

These unique performances set the world record for the largest projected image and the most powerful luminous flux for image projection. The record will be included in the Guinness Book of Records.

The Bolshoi Theatre and VDNKh hosted programmes celebrating the Year of Russian Cinema.

The Music of the City of Light shows on 24, 25 and 27 September at the Grebnoi Canal were dedicated to Russian cities and their residents. Aside from fountains, torches, lasers and light devices, this year’s performance featured a large video projection for the first time. This combination was unique not only for the Moscow festival but for other light festivals across the world.

The image was projected on a structure resembling the skyline of a modern city, 52 metres high and 118 metres wide, that weighed 800 tonnes. The light show at the Grebnoi Canal rounded up with spectacular fireworks.

TV Tsentr channel broadcasted the opening and closing ceremonies live. The light shows were also recorded by the city surveillance system and were available through the City Window service and at

It is estimated that Circle of Light drew over three million people, including over 150,000 Russian and foreign tourists.

Contests and workshops

The Circle of Light Festival traditionally included the Art Vision international video mapping and VJing contest, with 151 participating teams from 31 countries. Lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe (UK), who had been responsible for the lights at the 2012 London Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and many other world-class events, was chairman of the jury.

The contest finalists displayed their art at VDNKh, the Bolshoi Theatre and Izvestia Hall. The winners are:


1st Prize: Meshsplash Studio (Voronezh, Russia)

2nd Prize: Gong Zhen (Dalian, China)

3rd Prize - Heart-s (Osaka, Japan)


1st Prize: Werewolf and Unstable Creations (Edinburgh, UK)

2nd Prize: Darklight Studio (Barcelona, Spain)

3rd Prize: Flightgraf (Tokyo, Japan)


1st Prize: VJ TEAM (Barcelona, Spain)

2nd Prize: EBH Luminaire (London, UK)

3rd Prize - Leandro Manoel Mendes (VJ Vigas) (Joinville, Brazil).

Digital October Centre at Red October held a series of lectures, workshops and seminars on 24−25 September.

The festival’s charity programme allowed all Moscow State University students to attend the event for free. Also as part of the programme, a workout station was built at the university, and biology students had an opportunity to participate in an exciting expedition across Russian nature reserves.

As was announced yesterday, Moscow also won best city for business and event tourism at the 2016 Business Traveller Russia & CIS Awards. This annual international prize for achievements in business travel has been presented since 1988 by Business Traveller magazine (UK) based on a readers’ poll.