"Circle of Light"

During the Moscow International Festival "Circle of Light," lighting designers from around the world and professionals in the field of two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics use the capital's architecture for multimedia and light installations. This year's festival, organized for the fourth time by Moscow's Department of Media and Advertising, ran from Oct. 10-14 at the All-Russia Exhibition Center, at Ostankino, and in the "Tsaritsyno" museum. In addition, light installations were shown in the evenings on the facade of the Bolshoi Theatre and along part of Kuznetsky Most street. The festival also featured a competition on projection mapping, "Art Vision," and master classes by leading international experts on how to work with light.

Enlightener Day

On Nov. 15, the Dynasty Foundation for the third time hosted Enlightener Day — a holiday for all lovers of science and popular science literature dedicated to the announcement of the winners of the "Enlightener" award. Throughout the day, at 25 urban sites in the city, visitors could attend lectures on copyrights, open classes, discussions and excursions by the finalists, winners, jury members and friends of the "Enlightener" popular science prize from previous years. At the "International Memorial," historian Sergei Yarov filled visitors in on what everyday life was like in besieged Leningrad; at the Krasnopresnenskoi Observatory astrophysicist Boris Stern lectured guests about the revolutions in the universe; in the Moscow Zoo visitors could learn about the love of animals and that the Earth is really a planet of beetles; in the medical center named after Dima Rogachyov, guests were able to participate in a laparoscopic surgery. Writer Alexander Vaskin conducted tours on the Garden Ring in the "B" trolleybus.

Midsummer Night`s Dream

One of Moscow's most extraordinary festivals was held for the fourth time on the eve of the summer solstice in the Serednikov estate, where Lermontov spent his summers as a child. It all started in 2007 with the wedding party of artist Margo Trushina and businessman Salavat Timiryasova in this manor; they became the founders of the festival, which combined a theatrical phantasmagoria with a fancy ball and an art festival. Visitors are allowed into the party only in carnival costumes, in keeping with Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." The main event of this year's festival, held on June 21, was a concert by the British band Underworld in the open air, along the lakeshore of the forest.

"Spasskaya Bashnya"

The seventh festival of military bands, timed to coincide with City Day, was held from Aug. 30-Sept. 7 on Red Square. This year, it was attended by 28 bands from 10 different countries. Western sanctions resulted in emergency substitutions in the program, but the festival still featured a group of flagbearers from Italy, the "Old Grenadiers" from Geneva and an orchestra of bagpipers and drummers from Ireland, as well as a small program by French singer Mireille Mathieu. The other guest artists were from Turkey, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Serbia, Kazakhstan and China. Russia was represented by the Festival Orchestra and the honor guard of the Presidential Regiment, the Central Military Band of the Defense Ministry, the Central Navy Band, the Moscow Suvorov Military Music College and for the first time — the orchestra's Black Sea Fleet headquarters.

"Night of Art"

The second annual "Night of Art" was held on Nov. 3-4 at numerous cultural centers throughout the city — in theaters, museums, libraries, cultural centers and even in shopping centers and at train stations. The event's organizers, Moscow's Department of Culture, decided that the festival should help people realize their creative dreams. All guests at the event were able to try their hand at various art forms, from ballet to drawing and pottery to poetry. A film by Leonid Parfyonov was shown at the Kazansky train station: "Color of the Nation," which told the tale of Russia's pioneer in color photography Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky. At the Tretyakov Gallery, Alla Demidova shared the secrets of mastering the art of acting, composers Anton Batagov and Vladimir Martynov discussed contemporary music, and writer Denis Dragunsky taught all those interested how to write short stories about love. This is just a small part of the festivities, most of which were free for visitors. The international payment system Visa provided premium cardholders with free access to five of the most popular museums on Nov. 3, from noon until midnight.

"Afisha" Picnic

The most popular festival among Moscow hipsters, held on July 19 at Kolomenskoye Park, marked its tenth anniversary this year. To celebrate this occasion, the event was joined with the "Afisha-Food" food festival. The program saw the best restaurants in Moscow participate, and treated guests to "the most advanced fast food." Musical guests included Jamiroquai, Suede and "Lapis Troubetzkoy." The entertainment program showcased the underground literary shelter of the 1920s, the "The Lower Depths" from Bookmate, a screening pavilion with shots from a short film with chromakey and special effects from the Wordshop Academy of Communications, and consultations for mothers who decided not to return to work after the birth of their children.