Event schedule

The Circle of Light Moscow international festival is an annual event at which lighting designers and specialists in audiovisual art from various countries reinvent the architectural scene of Moscow by using video mapping. The buildings that symbolize Russia – among them are: the Bolshoi Theatre, the Moscow Manege, the Moscow State University, VDNKh, and others – transform into canvases for large colorful video projections. The admission to all festival venues is free.

            The Art Vision video mapping contest runs under the aegis of the Circle of Light festival. It is divided into three nominations:

-        Classic Architectural Mapping

-        Modern Video Mapping

-        VJing.

            There is an educational program that takes place during the festival. It includes lectures and workshops with the world class lighting designers. Educational activities are open for visitors, but the pre-registration is needed.

            The Circle of Light festival has won:

  • The Guinness world record for the largest projected image (2015);
  • The Innovations Time award for the Eventful Project of the Year nomination (2015);
  • The Event of the Year award for the City Festival of the Year (2015);
  • The Moscow Times Awards for the Cultural Event of the Year (2014);
  • Best of Russia/Best.ru award for the Best Cultural Event of the Year (2014);
  • Guiding Light Award for the Best Event (2014);
  • Brand No. 1 in Russia in the Festival category (2013, 2014);
  • Brand of the Year/EFFIE in the Entertainment Industry category (2011, 2012).

            The organizer of the Circle of Light festival is the Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism of Moscow.

            The coordinator of the festival is LBL Communication Group.

General enquiries: info@lightfest.ru




Media publications


Russia Drafts the Light18th May 2016The world’s biggest projection mapping and VJing contests, the Art Vision, is open for entries. Artists are welcome to submit their projects by 1 August 2016. Finalists show their works to millions of people by video projecting on the Bolshoi Theatre and the Moscow Manege, the symbols of Russia. It is the first time when VJ contest takes place in Izvestiya Hall, one of the biggest concert venues of Moscow. Winners get money prizes.The demonstration order of the projects of ART VISION participants is defined23rd September 2015This year a record number of applications for international ART VISION Competition were submitted by designers and creative teams from 26 countries. So organizers decided to hold a competition in two stages.9 nights of the «Circle of Light» Festival20th August 2015The Anniversary Fifth Edition of the «Circle of Light» Moscow International Festival will take place from September 26 through October 4. The Circle of Light Festival is a Gold Associate of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies 201520th April 2015The Circle of Light Festival became a Gold Associate of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies 2015 launched in UNESCO headquarter in Paris. The global initiative was adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications, health and global cooperation. 
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