The 7th Circle of Light International Festival has come to an end in Moscow. Fireworks and video mapping shows were held in Ostankino, at Teatralnaya Square, the Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve and Strogino flood plain. Over 3.5 million people attended the events.
Journey to lavender fields and the Reed Flute Cave
The festival opened at Ostankino. With the help of video mapping technology, the television tower was morphed into skyscrapers from France, Canada, the US, United Arab Emirates, China, Japan and Australia. Over 600,000 visitors embarked on a multimedia journey to lavender fields, the Reed Flute Cave and the base of Niagara Falls. The show was completed with performances by 26 figure skaters, such as Tatyana Navka, Pyotr Chernyshev, Alexander Smirnov and Yuko Kavaguti.
Almost 19,000 fireworks were fired into the sky over the course of two days. The night sky lit up with 40,000 colourful firework volleys blasting off to a height of between 350-360 metres. In all, 130 video projectors, 99 flame projectors, 242 spark fountains as well as over 200 light projectors were used during the show.
Palace of Feelings and a performance of the Soprano group
During the festival, the Palace of Feelings audiovisual show was presented on the façade of the Catherine Palace at the Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve. On 24 September, a performance of Mikhail Turetsky’s Soprano group was held on the stage in front of the Big Palace. On 25 September a concert of Dmitry Malikov, People’s Artist of Russia, was held in the park as well.
On Tsaritsyno Pond a “dancing” performance could be observed involving 44 fountains which lit up under the light of 26 projectors to the music of Mikhail Glinka, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev.
The park’s territory was also decorated with installations from French, Israeli and Dutch light designers.
Celestial Mechanics and Timeless
On Teatralnaya Square visitors were able to see Celestial Mechanics and Timeless thematic light shows screened on the facades of the Bolshoi and Maly theatres. Over 20,000 people had come to see the shows every day.
Works of finalists of the Art Vision International Contest, which is held as part of the Circle of Light Festival every year, were presented at the venue as well. Visitors were able to see 16 contest projects in the classical video mapping category on the façade of the Bolshoi Theatre and 15 projects in the modern video mapping category on the façade of the Maly Theatre.
VJing and workshops for light artists
On 24 September, a VJing contest was held among 24 light artists from 12 countries. A total of 175 experts from 135 countries, namely the UK, Canada, Japan, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Italy, China and many others too, took part in the international contest.
Moreover, over 2,500 novice light artists and students attended lectures, workshops and discussions on professional topics held as part of the festival.
Japanese fireworks on Strogino flood plain
On 27 September, the closing ceremony of the festival was held on Strogino flood plain. Over 650,000 people came to see the Japanese fireworks show. Some 6,000 fireworks blast into the air from four barges. The fireworks’ maximum height reached 700 metres; 2,000 Emergency Situations Ministry agents monitored security during the show.