On Saturday, 24 February 2018, Tsarskoe Selo celebrated the 5th Winter Evening of Light.
Our ‘farewell to winter’ festival for the first time took place in the gorgeous Main Courtyard of the Catherine Palace.
Tsarskoe Selo was freezing that evening everywhere except the spaceous ground created by Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli near the palace. The current frosts did not spoil it for our visitors as they kept entering the Courtyard via the Church and Zubov Gates. Alternating on specially set up stages there were three professional shows by the Petit Trianon baroque and rococo dance theatre, the Moon Light team of lighting effects and the Vasana street fire-show theatre.
The projection mapping Magic of Light created optical illusions reviving some historical events on the façade of the Catherine Palace. Pyrotechnic effects and the culminating firework display were by Pyrotechnic Yards of Peterhof.
The palace worked long hours and opened its welcoming doors to everyone who felt it was too cold outside.
Like the previous years, Tsarskoe Selo joined five other world-famous historic residences in this symbolic farewell to winter (read about the last year’s event). The event is part of an international project named Gardens of Light, showcasing the world’s most spectacular historic gardens and museums. Besides Tsarskoye Selo, the other unique royal residences participating in the project are the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, Prince Pückler Park in Bad Muskau (Germany), Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing (China), Château de Lunéville in France and Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark.
Photos above and below (c) Anatoly Khmelevsky
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