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A dedication to St. Petersburg. The festival of light opens at Isaakiyevskaya Square

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Isaakiyevskaya Square has seen thousands of citizens for the festival of light. It's marking the day of national unity.

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To 3-D shows come one after another. The first is on the façade of the Mariinskiy palace. It is called "the space between the sky and Neva" and is dedicated to the history of St. Petersburg, starting with the legend of an eagle which was seen by Peter the Great on Zayachiy island - up until the 1917 revolution and the blockade of Leningrad.

The show had been prepared by the same team which created the light show "Classics at Dvortsovaya" on the façade of the general headquarters, marking the 250th birthday of the Zimniy palace. Those are the St. Petersburg based artists from “Dance Open” company, aided by their French colleagues from “Cosmo AV art bureau”, well known for their light projections in opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics.

The second show is called “the history alive” on the façade of Isaakievskiy Cathedral. It was designed by light artists from St. Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod.

According to the organizers of the festival, the committee on developing tourism, the event cost 50 million rubles - which is three times cheaper than a similar event in Moscow.

The governor Georgiy Poltavchenko and chairman of the legislative Council of St. Petersburg Vyacheslav Makarov joined the citizens in watching the show.

Andrey Mushkarev, chairman of committee on developing tourism: “Our main task was to create this not only for the residents of St. Petersburg, but for the whole country - so we can embrace the spirit of St. Petersburg. Not only its history, but the spirit of the city. We have the back alleys of St. Petersburg and the DDT band. A lot of stuff - from the foundation of St. Petersburg to the revolution.

Ekaterina Galanova, director of 3D show “between the sky and Neva”: “This is the anthem to the city, like we are saying we love you St. Petersburg. Not only we are working with the light, but the sound file is also very interesting. Our wonderful actors Nikolay Burov and Anna Geller are reading out poems by our favorite writers. But all this is about St. Petersburg, it's a dedication to the city.

Each show is 12–13 minutes long. It will take place until midnight. The entrance to the Isaakieyevskaya Square is free. Nightly buses traveling on five routes, similar to the subway lines, were launched for the spectators 

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