Transforming Reality: Moscow International Festival 'Circle of Light'

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The Circle of Light international festival is currently underway in Moscow in its fifth year of its spectacular illumination extravaganza. This year, the festival is being held in two stages.

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankThe 2015 Circle of Light festival kicked off on September 26 and will run until October 4.

Above: Dmitry Malikov's concert during the 5th Circle of Light International Festival.
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The 2015 Circle of Light festival kicked off on September 26 and will run until October 4.

Above: Dmitry Malikov's concert during the 5th Circle of Light International Festival.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThe main theme of this year’s event is "In the city of light…".

Above: The final rehearsal of the multimedia show at the Circle of Light Moscow International Festival on Frunzenskaya Embankment, Moscow.
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The main theme of this year’s event is "In the city of light…".

Above: The final rehearsal of the multimedia show at the Circle of Light Moscow International Festival on Frunzenskaya Embankment, Moscow.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe Circe of Light festival is an annual culture-and-art event during which light designers and professionals in 2D/3D graphics use the architecture of Moscow as a canvas for their multimedia and illumination performances.

Above: The performance of the team Illuminarium 3000 (Russia) during the Art Vision competition held as part of the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival at the Bolshoi Theater.
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The Circe of Light festival is an annual culture-and-art event during which light designers and professionals in 2D/3D graphics use the architecture of Moscow as a canvas for their multimedia and illumination performances.

Above: The performance of the team Illuminarium 3000 (Russia) during the Art Vision competition held as part of the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival at the Bolshoi Theater.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe biggest European illumination show was performed on the façade of the building of the Russian Defense Ministry. The 3D projection told the history of the Russian military from its very beginning.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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The biggest European illumination show was performed on the façade of the building of the Russian Defense Ministry. The 3D projection told the history of the Russian military from its very beginning.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankAbove: Fireworks above the Frunzenskaya embankment at the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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Above: Fireworks above the Frunzenskaya embankment at the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThis year, the festival has been divided into two parts. The first was held on May 8-10 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Above: The final rehearsal of the multimedia show at the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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This year, the festival has been divided into two parts. The first was held on May 8-10 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Above: The final rehearsal of the multimedia show at the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankThis year the festival involved nine locations across Moscow, including the VDNKh exhibition center, the Bolshoi Theater, and embankments of the Moskva River.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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This year the festival involved nine locations across Moscow, including the VDNKh exhibition center, the Bolshoi Theater, and embankments of the Moskva River.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe festival is organized by the Media and Advertising Department of Moscow, with support from the Moscow Tourism Department.

Above: The performance by the team Studio Trika (India) during the Art Vision competition held as part of the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival at the Bolshoi Theater.
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The festival is organized by the Media and Advertising Department of Moscow, with support from the Moscow Tourism Department.

Above: The performance by the team Studio Trika (India) during the Art Vision competition held as part of the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival at the Bolshoi Theater.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe program of the festival features Russian and foreign artists, including works by finalists of the Art Vision Modern and Art Vision Vjing international contests.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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The program of the festival features Russian and foreign artists, including works by finalists of the Art Vision Modern and Art Vision Vjing international contests.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankFor the Circle of Light 2015, Russian Olympic champion Tatiana Navka prepared a figure-skating show based on Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland".

Above: Tatiana Navka's ice skating show at the 5th Circle of Light International Festival.
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For the Circle of Light 2015, Russian Olympic champion Tatiana Navka prepared a figure-skating show based on Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland".

Above: Tatiana Navka's ice skating show at the 5th Circle of Light International Festival.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankAbove: People on the Pushkinskaya embankment during the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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Above: People on the Pushkinskaya embankment during the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Presnya / Go to the photo bankFor visitors, admission to all the locations of the festival is free.

Above: A videomapping installation based on the ballet "Swan Lake," the Bolshoi Theater.
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For visitors, admission to all the locations of the festival is free.

Above: A videomapping installation based on the ballet "Swan Lake," the Bolshoi Theater.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich / Go to the photo bankThe festival also features an educational program in light design and illumination.

Above: The final rehearsal of the multimedia show at the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival on Frunzenskaya Embankment.
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The festival also features an educational program in light design and illumination.

Above: The final rehearsal of the multimedia show at the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival on Frunzenskaya Embankment.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankOver the years, the audience of the Circle of Light festival has risen from 250,000 to six million people.

Above: People at the Pushkinskaya embankment during the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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Over the years, the audience of the Circle of Light festival has risen from 250,000 to six million people.

Above: People at the Pushkinskaya embankment during the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Pesnya / Go to the photo bankThe novelty of this year’s event is specially designed barges floating on Moskva River and projecting images on the facades of embankment buildings.

Above: The performance by the team Dream Laser (Russia) during the Art Vision competition held as part of the 5th Circle of Light Fifth Moscow International Festival at the Bolshoi Theater.
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The novelty of this year’s event is specially designed barges floating on Moskva River and projecting images on the facades of embankment buildings.

Above: The performance by the team Dream Laser (Russia) during the Art Vision competition held as part of the 5th Circle of Light Fifth Moscow International Festival at the Bolshoi Theater.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankThis year, the festival also features a special program for kids.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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This year, the festival also features a special program for kids.

Above: The opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankThe Circle of Light international festival knows no equals across the world in the number of locations and participants as well as the technical and artistic level of performances.

Above: A light show on the Andreyevsky Bridge during the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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The Circle of Light international festival knows no equals across the world in the number of locations and participants as well as the technical and artistic level of performances.

Above: A light show on the Andreyevsky Bridge during the opening ceremony for the 5th Circle of Light Moscow International Festival.
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