Unity Day Celebrations: Festival of Light and the "Night of Arts" in Saint Petersburg

The Unity Day is one of Russia’s most recent holidays — it has been around only since 2005. The holiday is dedicated to the liberation of Moscow from Polish occupation in 1612. This year, several grand events will be held in Saint Petersburg on this day — be sure not to miss them!

On November 4th, at 20:00, The Festival of Light will start at the Saint Isaac’s Square.

This year, the festival is going to beat Saint Petersburg’s record for using multimedia projectors: the total power of them will exceed 1,200,000 lumen.

The festival will incorporate the whole ensemble of the square; separate 3D mapping shows and "lighting symphonies" will be shown on the frontispieces of the surrounding buildings.

The show will last till midnight; each part of it will be repeated every 20 minutes.

Apart from the Festival of Light, the fourth all-Russian "Night of Arts" will take place this night. Museums, theatres, libraries and cinemas will work all night long, and host different interactive programs, workshops, meetings with celebrities and other similar events.

During the holidays, night buses will be working in Saint Petersburg. Their routes will go along the subway lines and work from midnight to 6 am, with 30 minutes intervals.

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