Moscow's Circle of Light International Festival to set new world record

September 22, 2016 Oleg Yegorov, RBTH
Buildings throughout Moscow will serve as backdrops for more than 200 light shows during the annual Circle of Light festival. The highlight will be when Moscow State University becomes the "canvas" for a record-breaking video projection.
Circle of Light
Russian and international artists will transform the city into a huge stage with over 200 light installations on well-known buildings on Sept. 23-27. Source: Sergei Mikheev/RG

Every autumn, Moscow turns into a city of light art. The 6th annual Circle of Light International Festival, Sept. 23 – 27, will bring more than 140 VJs to Moscow. Russian and international artists will transform the city into a huge stage with over 200 light installations on well-known buildings.

Breaking a world record - again

The 2015 Circle of Light festival set a new Guinness World Record for the largest projected image when a gigantic video animation was screened on the Ministry the Defense building in Moscow. This year, festival organizers decided to beat their own record by doubling the size of images that will be projected on the façade of Moscow State University (MSU). More than 200 video projectors will be used to display the animated images on an area of 40,000 square meters (430,000 square feet).

The Circle of Light video installations tell stories, two of which will unfold on the MSU façade. In the first one, MSU founder Mikhail Lomonosov will lead the audience on an "excursion" through the old university. The second story is dedicated to Russia's nature preserves. The shows can be viewed September 23 – 25 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Moscow as a city of light art

The Circle of Light festival will take place at six venues throughout the city, with installations such as Angels of Freedom (Germany), Incandescence (France) and Pyrotechnic Waterfall (Italy). The Art Vision video mapping competition also takes places during the festival, bringing together 143 participants from 31 countries. The best works from the competition will be screened at VDNKh.

The best light performances of the past five years will be projected onto the façade of the Bolshoi Theatre every evening at 7:30 pm. For the first time ever, the theater will also be used to screen Soviet and Russian films. On September 24 and 25 at 8:00 pm, light designers will project images of various Russian cities onto a gigantic silhouette construction along the Grebnoi Canal, erected especially for the festival. This festival's closing event will be held here on Sept. 27.

The Izvestia concert hall will also host some of the festival's events, including a VJ contest on Sept. 24. Lectures and master classes with artists and designers with be held at the Digital October Center on September 24 and 25 (advanced registration required). The festival is free and open to the public.

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