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Welcome to the Festival of Lights! October 28, 2016, St. Petersburg

The Festival of Lights will take place on October 28, 2016, in St. Petersburg. For several days, various city sites — St.Isaac's Cathedral, the Academy of Fine Arts, Alexandrinsky Theater – will become venues where citizens and guests of the Northern Capital of Russia will have the opportunity to see the best achievements of audio-visual art, performance, interactive installations, public art and tech theater.

The grand premiere show of the Festival of Lights was held in St. Petersburg. The Catherine the Great monument and facade of the Alexandrinsky Theater were brought to life by 3D-mapping and audio-visual technology. For the first time in Russian history, mapping was created not only on the flat surface of a building but on a three-dimensional monument.

Recognizable voices of actors from the Russian Academic Theater presented several scenes from Gogol's "The Government Inspector," Lermontov's "Masquerade," Chekhov's "The Seagull" and other productions. The show culminated with the awakened Catherine II saying, "Let there be light!"

Find more information about the event at visit-petersburg.ru. For further questions: info@visit-petersburg.ru

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