AUGUST, 10 — 11, 2018
LIGHT NIGHTS in Gatchina
St. Petersburg International festival of light art
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St. Petersburg International Festival of Light Art "Light nights" in Gatchina will take place on the 10th and 11th of August 2018.

The program of the festival "Light nights" in Gatchina Park features 36 author light art objects created by masters from Russia, Belarus, Germany, Italy and Finland. The festival is attended by designers, theater lightening and stage designers, architects.

The final program of the International competition of Light installations will gather 26 creative teams. All artists will create their projects in the Gatchina Park during the first decade of August. A prestigious jury will decide a winner of the competition.

The international program of the festival will present a St. Petersburg version of the project "Lantern Park" shown during the festival LUX HELSINKI. It is a result of many workshops where residents of St. Petersburg and Gatchina cities created almost 100 author's lamps.

The festival program includes an interactive project of the lighting designer Stas Svistunovich (the winner of the Prizes "Proryv" and "Golden Mask" of 2018). His project "The Other Voices" was designed in the framework of the co-educational program of the Institut Francais in Russia, the New Media Laboratory of the New Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, the School of the Stage Arts Studio "Show Consulting" and the Higher School of Light Design of the University IFMO.

Following the author's intent, guests of the festival embracing the trunks of oaks and larch trees in Gatchina Park may be able to better understand the souls of trees: not only to hear, but also to see their internal, the other voices.

Alena Kogan and Vadim Gololobov, the artists worked in the most delirious performances of the companies AHE, DEREVO, Teatro di Kapua, Slava Polunin's theatre projects, participants of international exhibitions and festivals will also present their creativity during the "Lightnights" in Gatchina. Together with Sergey Karlov, the engineer for geometrical optics and mirror paradoxes, they will transform the Admiralty space. Their co-project resulted in a light performative installation "Removing the cultural layer" which is a multi-hour action in the format of reverse engineering trying to find a genius loci (lat. protective spirit of a place) of the ancient park.

The facade of the Venus Pavilion will be a canvas used by Alla Maslovskaya and Marina Sosnina from the "The Animated Light Illustrations Theater" to present a multimedia musical and light show "The Mermaid". This show is based on the old illustrations of the Russian painter, Konstantin Isenberg.

The official partner of the festival, the company IntiLED provides to our festival not only the equipment, but also traditionally performs with creative projects.

The Jordanian facade of the Gatchina Palace will become a screen for the set of creative works selected for the final in the video-mapping competition. As an encore requested by the audience there will be presented also the interactive performance "Dialogues with the Emperor" directed by Mikhail Patlasov.

At midnight on 11th August guests will see the main event of the festival - a multimedia light and firework show "On the Horizon Line". The director is Anton Okoneshnikov, the creator of a number of innovative productions on the Aleksandrinsky Theatre stage. The 3D-mapping is prepared by the studio Solaris FX, the light plot is made by the light artists of the Smart Light group. The show is full of metamorphosis and unexpected turns. All parts of it: water and fire, live vocals and high-altitude fireworks, surrealistic canvases and historical context are woven into a paradoxical story.

This year the festival offers to use a handy website LIGHTNIGHTSFEST.RU with full information about the program and infrastructure of the festival and interactive map. The website has an online voting system, so each guest may decide who will take a special prize of the festival.

The festival together with launches an INSTAGRAM contest. An author of the best photo with the #LIGHTGATCHINA hashtag will gain a special prize.

Don't forget to place the festival dates, 10th and 11th August, in your calendar. The start of the program is at 09 p.m. on 10th August, the end is at 02 a.m. The start of the program on 11th August is at 09 p.m., the end - at 03 a.m.
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