The Circle of Light Moscow International Festival is an annual event at which lighting designers and audio-visual artists from various countries reinvent the architecture of Moscow.
The festival occurs from September 20th through September 24th, featuring 2-D and 3-D graphic design and pyrotechnics telling stories from around the globe. This event traditionally attracts sightseeing lovers from across Russia who brave the cold to witness the opening of the festival, according to Reuters.
Performances are being held at five venues, specifically the Krylatskoye Rowing Canal, the parks of Tsaritsyno Palace and the Kolomenskoye Estate, Teatralnaya Square and the facade of the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, which hosted light shows dedicated to Russia's military past and the city of Moscow. In addition, admission to all festival venues is free.
Designers and artists produce light and multimedia shows, creating projection mapping on the facades of the most notable buildings, cultural monuments, and other facilities in Moscow, as well as integrating their creative ideas into the architecture of the city.
Furthermore, the Art Vision Video Mapping Competition between professionals and aspiring artists from all over the world is run each year as part of the festival. During the Festival of Light, an educational program is traditionally held, featuring workshops led by the biggest Russian and international light professionals.
The organiser of the festival is the Department of Mass Media and Advertising of the City of Moscow. Over five million people annually attend the Circle of Light event, according to organisers.
The Circle of Light festival was first held in October 2011, featuring more than 360 installations.