“Miracle of Light Festival. The Link of Times" is included in the Russian Book of Records

07 December 2021

St. Petersburg expanded the geography and scale of the “Miracle of Light” light show: in the format of online and television broadcasts, residents of our city, other regions of Russia and the world were able to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Festival without leaving their homes. This year the event had been dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky and took place on his memorial day.

Viewers saw a unique event, connecting to the broadcast on the official city tourist portal Visit-petersburg.ru on December 6 and on the national educational portal “Kultura.rf” of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, as well as on the federal “Fifth Channel”. The audience of most countries of the world also received access to video content thanks to the support of media resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and Rossotrudnichestvo.

News about the event on December 6 and 7 are broadcast on the Euronews international channel and on the National Geographic portal. In general, residents of more than 160 countries were able to see the broadcast.

To ensure wide audience coverage, the Rostourism media resources were also involved, including the national travel portal Russia.Travel, information resources of Roscongress, the Government of St. Petersburg and Moscow, the Yandex.Afisha Internet service, Vkontakte and other leading social networks. The total coverage of the Russian online audience alone is expected to be about 15 million people.

Original video content of the “Miracle of Light. The Link of Times” festival will be used in the future as a presentation material about Saint Petersburg abroad, in particular, in Russian visa centers, embassies and consulates of the Russian Foreign Ministry, as well as in the Rossotrudnichestvo centers of science and culture.

The Northern capital presented a grandiose light and visual show - the length of the installation on the historical walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress had been more than 1 kilometer, which became an absolute record of the international level, recorded by the Russian Book of Records. The recognizable silhouettes of the Peter and Paul Fortress turned into a huge screen, presenting the history of not only the Northern capital, but of the entire country. 

Festival Facts:

The original composition was created taking into account the peculiarities of the geography and architecture of the venue. The facade of the fortress turned out to be not the simplest "canvas" due to its length and the ratio of geometric proportions. The walls of the Peter and Paul Fortress were first digitized and converted into an electronic model, on which the artists painted all the graphics. Then digital canvases were brought to real walls. All paintings were drawn by 30 artists. The work continued for several months. Individual scenes were drawn by the computer itself, using a neural network. The total luminous flux of the projection was 1,600,000 lumens, which roughly corresponds to the brightness of fifty screens in cinemas. In order to be able to light up two kilometers of walls, it took about a hundred projectors.

Recognized specialists and lighting designers, computer designers of 3D graphics and animation took part in the creation of video content, showing their skills and painting the strict facades of the fortress in new, bright, mesmerizing images of legendary heroes, reflecting various milestones in the formation of St. Petersburg and its modern life ... Historical characters and events, created with the help of innovative technologies, reflected the connection of times, showed a city with a glorious past and aspiring to the future. Show  producer - Elizaveta Onuk, art producer - Serafima Gavrilova.

The online format was not chosen by chance - it takes into account the security requirements for holding events and at the same time allows you to demonstrate the most modern technologies in organizing event projects.

Festival “Wonder of the World. The Link of Times” and the accompanying online and television broadcast are part of the information campaign, which, like many tourist centers in the world, is actively pursued by St. Petersburg. The goal of this campaign is, after the pandemic begins to subside, to direct the world's pent-up demand for travel towards St. Petersburg, to draw attention to its unique atmosphere and the role of a national travel hub - an ideal place to get to know our country and a key point of the «Silver Necklace of Russia routes» including Staraya Ladoga closely associated with the name of Alexander Nevsky.

In the autumn-winter time, a light show is a way to show how new objects of cultural and tourist geography, new projects and bright events are woven into the historical fabric of the city, which allow you to see the city in a new way and make St. Petersburg an all-season travel center, bright and attractive.

History of the Festival:

Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee holds the «Miracle of Light» Festival annually:

2016 - in April the festival announced itself with a presentation show on the facade of the Alexandrinsky theatre, which celebrated its 260-th anniversary. The game of light, music and optical illusions involved the architectural facade of St.-Petersburg's oldest theatre, as well as other monuments that form the ensemble of Ostrovsky Square. In November of the same year, 3D-light performances were shown on the facades of the architectural masterpieces of St. Isaac's Square - the Mariinsky Palace and St. Isaac's Cathedral. The main character of the performances was the brilliant Saint-Petersburg - its fate and history, legends and images. This year the festival held the historical record for 3D-mapping height: 101, 5 meters. The project attracted over 400.000 people.

2017 - in April the venue for the light show became the city's new sports facility, the «St.-Petersburg Arena» stadium, the future site of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The main theme for the show was football, the history of its development in the world and the special passion for it in the city on the Neva. For the second time, in November 2017, the Festival of Light dedicated to the 100-th anniversary of the revolution took place at several venues across the city. The programme included several projects: a multimedia performance «1917» on the facade of the General Staff building; a video-artist competition «I’m kept by this city» on the facade of the Winter Palace; and «Aurora'17» on the famous cruiser.

2018 - was held in November in Moscow's Victory park and the SKK, and for the first time was complemented by installation exhibitions of light and artistry. It contributed to a significant expansion of the festival's audience.

2019 - was held in April on Pionerskaya square. The venue for the light installations, works by 3D-designers and VR-artists was the building of the TUZ (Theatre of young spectators). Artists, actors and acrobats took part in the show. In November «Miracle of Light» returned to the city centre and took place on Palace Square. For two evenings, the city's main square was transformed into a digital garden, with St Petersburg's best artists working to create it.

In 2019 the «Miracle of Light» Festival as well as the Petrovsky festival of fire "Christmas Star" were recognized as the best in the country and won the «Russian National Event Awards».

2020 - the festival became the first spectacular event with controlled spectator flow logistics in order to maintain social distance. The venue was the Peter and Paul Fortress, a unique area for events with the possibility of programme routing as well as the rapid delimitation of groups of visitors. The Festival was once again awarded a separate prize at the Russian Event Awards for its new format.

2021 - the international festival for the first time was held completely online. This year's event is dedicated to the 800-th anniversary of prince Alexander Nevsky. One of the first acts of Peter the Great in the newly founded city was to establish a monastery in the name of the Holy prince Alexander Nevsky and transfer his relics there from Vladimir. From that moment on Alexander Nevsky became revered as the patron of St.-Petersburg.