Polotsk Light Festival - 2018
Join the biggest celebration of light art in Polotsk
between August 31 - September 2, 2018
What is Polotsk
Light Festival?
Festival will take place in the framework of Energy Days during City Day in Polotsk. Light installations will appear on city streets as well as thematic events held.

Polotsk Light Festival is a part of PubLiCity project, which is co-funded by the European Union within EU4Energy initiative.
More than a dozen of events
in the city and online
3D mapping
On the building of Hotel Dvina
Free night guided tours of the city centre
We will explore local landmarks and light installations
Light shows and Light drawing workshops
From the Puppet, Light and Shadow Theater "Dom Solntsa"
Evening in the museums
Nine museums of the Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve will have later opening hours. See the addresses at http://polotsk.museum.by/
Holi festival of colours and glowing balloons
It's gonna be colourful!
Free night photography workshop from the photographer Alfred Mikus
Don't forget to bring tripods!
Festival menu
In cafes and restaurants
Fire and light show and light puppet performances
It will be interesting both for children and adults
Light bike ride in the city centre
Bikes, lights, night!
Contest in social networks "Best photo of the Light Festival"
Light flash mob
Join this event with your family and friends
Walk and talk tour about stars
We'll talk about stars and admire the starry sky over Polotsk
Music in the dark
The symphonic orchestra will play classics hits in the dark
Interesting facts about weaving
An interactive illuminated guided tour in the local Museum of Traditional Weaving
Agenda and map of the Light Festival
(click the image to zoom)

Scroll down to find the detailed agenda

Or check out our Telegram bot (in Russian): @PolotskFest_bot
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Agenda of the Light Festival
Friday, 31 August
From 18:00
From 18:00
Holi festival of colours and glowing balloons
Park of Culture and Recreation, Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 52
Free entrance
18:30
18:30
Multimedia show "Music in the dark"
Culture Centre "Polotsk", Jubilejnaja st., 7
Following an original idea of Eugenia Zima, this musical show is a combination of live classical music and modern 3D graphics. The orchestra from St. Petersburg will play sophisticated symphonic and opera pieces in the dark.

Tickets: 35-40 BYN. Contact: +375 214 42 34 40, 42-37-42, +375 33 649 08 46 (Viber), +375 29 369 08 46

Click here to see the poster (in Russian)
20:00 – 24:00
20:00 – 24:00
Work of ten light installations
Scroll up to find a detailed description of each installation and their location on the map.
20:30, 21:30
20:30, 21:30
Free night guided tours of the city centre
Start near the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 8

Your best chance to see the main tourist sights and light installations!

Please register until 29.08: +375 214 42 69 49
21:00
21:00
Light bike ride in the city centre
Start in the Svabody square
Decorate your bike with any light elements and join the night bike ride!

Route (about 9 km): Svabody square – Francyska Skaryny Ave. – Jubileijnaja st. – P.Broŭki st. – Bahdanoviča st. – Zygina st. – Kastryčnickaja st. – E.Polackaj st. – Svabody square.

Contact: +37529 2976438.

Click here to see the poster

21:00
21:00
Interactive illuminated guided tour "Interesting facts about weaving" in the Museum of Traditional Manual Weaving of Poozerye
Museum of Traditional Manual Weaving of Poozerye, Vojkava st., 1
Tickets: 5 BYN. Please register in advance: +375 214 42 30 41

Click here to see the poster

*Make sure to check out the exhibition "Traditional belts of Latgale" that will be open in the Museum during the Festival
Until 20:00
Until 20:00
Evening in the museums: nine museums of the Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve will have later opening hours
All museums except the Children's Museum are open until 20:00.

Children's Museum is open until 18:00

Please find detailed agenda (in Russian) here

See the addresses of the museums here: http://polotsk.museum.by/

All day
All day
Special Light Festival menu in the city cafés and restaurants
Would you like to taste Energy of Light or Night City Lights? Fourteen Polotsk cafes and restaurants have developed exclusive menus for the Light Festival!
  1. Café "Verkhniy Zamok", Zamkavy praezd, 6
  2. Café "Spatkanne", Kamunistyčnaja st., 10
  3. Café "Sushi Shop", Zamkavy praezd, 2
  4. Café "Gurman", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  5. Café "Daminika", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  6. Café "Damian", Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 41b
  7. Café "Volna", Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 50a
  8. Café "Razdol", Talstoha st., 15
  9. Café "Lepim sami", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 23
  10. Pizzeria "Dionis", Kastryčnickaja st., 25
  11. Café "O2", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 2
  12. Coffee house "Polatski kutok", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  13. Slavyanskiy Restaurant, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 13
  14. Cafe "Pesto", P.Broŭki, 45
To make it easier for you, we have marked all these cafes on the Festival map (scroll up) and added geo locations in our Telegram bot @PolotskFest_bot
All day
All day
Contest in social networks "Best photo of the Festival light installations"
Rules
  • From 31 August till 2 September take a picture of any of the ten light installations or any other activity of the Light Festival (this can be selfie, if you like!)
  • Post this photo on your page on Facebook, Vkontakte or Instagram
  • Use four hashtags: #Полоцк #ФестивальСвета #EUforBelarus #ЕСдляБеларусі
  • Every participant will get a prize: a pin with the logo of the Polotsk Light Festival!
  • The author of the photo with the most likes in any of the three social networks will get a special prize - a solar-powered flashlight! Three social networks = three winners!
How can I get my branded pin?
  • From 31 August till 3 September, drop by the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre (Francyska Skaryny Ave, 8)
  • Address the staff of the Tourist Information Centre and show them your posted photo with all four hashtags on your phone or tablet
  • Get your pin!
How will the winners be selected?
  • On 3 September, at 17:00, the organizers will search the posts by hashtags #Полоцк #ФестивальСвета #EUforBelarus #ЕСдляБеларусі in the three social networks (Facebook, Vkontakte and Instagram) and will identify the posts that will qualify for the competition.
  • To quality for the competition, the posts will need to include a photo and all four hashtags.
  • Out of all contestant posts, in each social network the organizers will select one post that will get the most number of likes. The authors of these posts will get a special prize - a solar-powered flashlight.
All day
All day
Online voting for the most eco-friendly light installation. Vote here.
Saturday, 1 September
12:00
12:00
Light show "Sea Present" for children (3+) from the Puppet, Light and Shadow Theater "Dom Solntsa"
Rodina cinema, Sviardlova st., 5
Free entrance, no prior registration.

This show is a wonderful fairy tale with glowing decorations and puppets and elements of light drawing. The show is approximately 45 minutes long.

To find a present for her mother, a little fish named Tirly has to undertake a dangerous journey into the sea depths...

Who will she meet on her way? Friends or foes?
The little fish is ready to face anything to make her mother's dream come true...


The light show took part in international festivals of chamber puppet theatres "Moscow Holidays-2016" and "Red mood" (Moscow).

Read more about the show: http://souldom.by/morskoj-podarok/

Or see the poster!
17:00
17:00
Light drawing workshop for children (5+) from the Puppet, Light and Shadow Theater "Dom Solntsa"
Rodina cinema, Sviardlova st., 5
Puppet, Light and Shadow Theatre "Dom Solntsa" invites little magicians (5 years and up) to join a light drawing workshop. Accompanied by a harp and a syrinx, we will compose our own fairy tales and will learn how to draw on green, red and gold light screens. We will also become designers and will try to create our own garments that glow in the dark.

Tickets: 8+8 BYN (child + adult). Second adult/child – 5 BYN. Third child: free. Please note that maximum number of participants is 15 people!

Tickets and info: +375 29 114 89 74 (Viber), +375 29 754 68 53

More about the light drawing workshop: http://souldom.by/master-klass-po-risovaniyu-svetom-2/

Or see the poster
20:00 – 02:00
20:00 – 02:00
Work of ten light installations
Scroll up to find a detailed description of each installation and their location on the map.
20:30, 21:30
20:30, 21:30
Free night guided tours of the city centre
Start near the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 8

Your best chance to see the main tourist sights and light installations!

Please register until 29.08: +375 214 42 69 49
20:40
20:40
Welcome words from the Polotsk District Executive Committee, Delegation of the European Union to Belarus, and Department for Energy Efficiency
Hotel Dvina, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 13
21:00 - 01:00
21:00 - 01:00
3D-mapping on the building of Hotel Dvina
Hotel Dvina, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 13
Every 30 minutes
21:00
21:00
Interactive illuminated guided tour "Interesting facts about weaving" in the Museum of Traditional Manual Weaving of Poozerye
Museum of Traditional Manual Weaving of Poozerye, Vojkava st., 1
Tickets: 5 BYN. Please register in advance: +375 214 42 30 41

Click here to see the poster

*Make sure to check out the exhibition "Traditional belts of Latgale" that will be open in the Museum during the Festival
21:15
21:15
Light flash mob for the residents and guests of the city
Near the fountain in the Francyska Skaryny square
To join the light dance flash mob, you will just need to have a phone, flashlight or any other light element on you (and don't forget to take your good mood with you!).

The light flash mob will take place right after the first 3D mapping show on the facade of the Dvina hotel, approximately at 21.10 - 21.15, and will feature a spectacular laser show from the company Intell-Act, the festival partner.
21:30
21:30
Free night photography workshop from the photographer Alfred Mikus
Start in the Francyska Skaryny square, near the monument to Francysk Skaryna
Alfred Mikus is a well-known Belarusian photographer and winner of prestigious awards, such as Gold medals from FIAP, UPI and other international photographic communities. He is the only Belarusian photographer who has been mentioned twice in the register "Who's Who in Photography" issued by the Photographic Society of America.

During his workshop, Alfred will tell you all about the main principles and subtle tricks of the night photo shooting. You will then walk the streets of the night Polotsk and practice your skill by taking pictures of the light installations that will decorate the city during the Light Festival.

The workshop is free and requires no prior registration.

Don't forget your tripods!
21:30
21:30
Walk and Talk tour "Starry sky over Polotsk" from Timofey Avilin, physicist, linguist, member of the Academy of Sciences and author of the book "Between the Sky and the Earth: Ethnic Astronomy"
Banquet hall of Hotel Dvina, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 13.
Tickets: 5 BYN. Please register in advance: +375 33 6470380

See the poster here
22:30, 23:15
22:30, 23:15
Light puppet performances in the city centre
Backyard of the Polotsk Children Art School, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 1
From the Puppet, Light and Shadow Theater "Dom Solntsa".

An unforgettable, romantic and slightly mischievous flamingo glows in the dark and tells fortune!

Until 23:00
Until 23:00
Evening in the museums: nine museums of the Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve will have later opening hours
All museums except the Children's Museum are open until 23:00.

Children's Museum is open until 17:00

Please find detailed agenda (in Russian) here

See the addresses of the museums here: http://polotsk.museum.by/
All day
All day
Special Light Festival menu in the city cafés and restaurants
Would you like to taste Energy of Light or Night City Lights? Fourteen Polotsk cafes and restaurants have developed exclusive menus for the Light Festival!

  1. Café "Verkhniy Zamok", Zamkavy praezd, 6
  2. Café "Spatkanne", Kamunistyčnaja st., 10
  3. Café "Sushi Shop", Zamkavy praezd, 2
  4. Café "Gurman", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  5. Café "Daminika", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  6. Café "Damian", Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 41b
  7. Café "Volna", Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 50a
  8. Café "Razdol", Talstoha st., 15
  9. Café "Lepim sami", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 23
  10. Pizzeria "Dionis", Kastryčnickaja st., 25
  11. Café "O2", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 2
  12. Coffee house "Polatski kutok", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  13. Slavyanskiy Restaurant, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 13
  14. Cafe "Pesto", P.Broŭki, 45
To make it easier for you, we have marked all these cafes on the Festival map (scroll up) and added geo locations in our Telegram bot @PolotskFest_bot
All day
All day
Contest in social networks "Best photo of the Festival light installations"
Rules

  • From 31 August till 2 September take a picture of any of the ten light installations or any other activity of the Light Festival (this can be selfie, if you like!)
  • Post this photo on your page on Facebook, Vkontakte or Instagram
  • Use four hashtags: #Полоцк #ФестивальСвета #EUforBelarus #ЕСдляБеларусі
  • Every participant will get a prize: a pin with the logo of the Polotsk Light Festival!
  • The author of the photo with the most likes in any of the three social networks will get a special prize - a solar-powered flashlight! Three social networks = three winners!
How can I get my branded pin?

  • From 31 August till 3 September, drop by the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre (Francyska Skaryny Ave, 8)
  • Address the staff of the Tourist Information Centre and show them your posted photo with all four hashtags on your phone or tablet
  • Get your pin!
How will the winners be selected?

  • On 3 September, at 17:00, the organizers will search the posts by hashtags #Полоцк #ФестивальСвета #EUforBelarus #ЕСдляБеларусі in the three social networks (Facebook, Vkontakte and Instagram) and will identify the posts that will qualify for the competition.
  • To quality for the competition, the posts will need to include a photo and all four hashtags.
Out of all contestant posts, in each social network the organizers will select one post that will get the most number of likes. The authors of these posts will get a special prize - a solar-powered flashlight.
All day
All day
Online voting for the most eco-friendly light installation. Vote here.
Sunday, 2 September
12:00
12:00
Light show "Sea Present" for children (3+) from the Puppet, Light and Shadow Theater "Dom Solntsa"
Rodina cinema, Sviardlova st., 5
Free entrance, no prior registration.

This show is a wonderful fairy tale with glowing decorations and puppets and elements of light drawing. The show is approximately 45 minutes long.

To find a present for her mother, a little fish named Tirly has to undertake a dangerous journey into the sea depths...

Who will she meet on her way? Friends or foes?
The little fish is ready to face anything to make her mother's dream come true...


The light show took part in international festivals of chamber puppet theatres "Moscow Holidays-2016" and "Red mood" (Moscow).

Read more about the show: http://souldom.by/morskoj-podarok/

Or see the poster!
17:00
17:00
Light drawing workshop for children (5+) from the Puppet, Light and Shadow Theater "Dom Solntsa"
Rodina cinema, Sviardlova st., 5
Puppet, Light and Shadow Theatre "Dom Solntsa" invites little magicians (5 years and up) to join a light drawing workshop. Accompanied by a harp and a syrinx, we will compose our own fairy tales and will learn how to draw on green, red and gold light screens. We will also become designers and will try to create our own garments that glow in the dark.

Tickets: 8+8 BYN (child + adult). Second adult/child – 5 BYN. Third child: free. Please note that maximum number of participants is 15 people!

Tickets and info: +375 29 114 89 74 (Viber), +375 29 754 68 53

More about the light drawing workshop: http://souldom.by/master-klass-po-risovaniyu-svetom-2/

Or see the poster
20:00 - 24:00 (installations 7-9 work until 22:00)
20:00 - 24:00 (installations 7-9 work until 22:00)
Work of the ten light installations
Scroll up to find a detailed description of each installation and their location on the map
21:30
21:30
Fire and light show
Near Rodina cinema, Sviardlova st., 5
22:30 and 23:15
22:30 and 23:15
Light puppet performances in the city centre
Backyard of the Polotsk Children Art School, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 1
An unforgettable, romantic and slightly mischievous flamingo glows in the dark and tells fortune!
All day
All day
Special Light Festival menu in the city cafés and restaurants
Would you like to taste Energy of Light or Night City Lights? Fourteen Polotsk cafes and restaurants have developed exclusive menus for the Light Festival!

  1. Café "Verkhniy Zamok", Zamkavy praezd, 6
  2. Café "Spatkanne", Kamunistyčnaja st., 10
  3. Café "Sushi Shop", Zamkavy praezd, 2
  4. Café "Gurman", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  5. Café "Daminika", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  6. Café "Damian", Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 41b
  7. Café "Volna", Nižnie-Pakroŭskaja st., 50a
  8. Café "Razdol", Talstoha st., 15
  9. Café "Lepim sami", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 23
  10. Pizzeria "Dionis", Kastryčnickaja st., 25
  11. Café "O2", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 2
  12. Coffee house "Polatski kutok", Francyska Skaryny Ave., 11
  13. Slavyanskiy Restaurant, Francyska Skaryny Ave., 13
  14. Cafe "Pesto", P.Broŭki, 45
To make it easier for you, we have marked all these cafes on the Festival map (scroll up) and added geo locations in our Telegram bot @PolotskFest_bot
All day
All day
Contest in social networks "Best photo of the Festival light installations"
Rules

  • From 31 August till 2 September take a picture of any of the ten light installations or any other activity of the Light Festival (this can be selfie, if you like!)
  • Post this photo on your page on Facebook, Vkontakte or Instagram
  • Use four hashtags: #Полоцк #ФестивальСвета #EUforBelarus #ЕСдляБеларусі
  • Every participant will get a prize: a pin with the logo of the Polotsk Light Festival!
  • The author of the photo with the most likes in any of the three social networks will get a special prize - a solar-powered flashlight! Three social networks = three winners!
How can I get my branded pin?

  • From 31 August till 3 September, drop by the Polotsk Tourist Information Centre (Francyska Skaryny Ave, 8)
  • Address the staff of the Tourist Information Centre and show them your posted photo with all four hashtags on your phone or tablet
  • Get your pin!
How will the winners be selected?

  • On 3 September, at 17:00, the organizers will search the posts by hashtags #Полоцк #ФестивальСвета #EUforBelarus #ЕСдляБеларусі in the three social networks (Facebook, Vkontakte and Instagram) and will identify the posts that will qualify for the competition.
  • To quality for the competition, the posts will need to include a photo and all four hashtags.
Out of all contestant posts, in each social network the organizers will select one post that will get the most number of likes. The authors of these posts will get a special prize - a solar-powered flashlight.
All day
All day
Online voting for the most eco-friendly light installation. Vote here.
Still got questions?
Marina Borisova

Communication & Visibility Manager of PubLiCity project
Phone: +375 29 873 35 82
E-mail: borisova@eu-belarus.net
Project "PubLiCity" is funded by the European Union within the framework of EU4Energy initiative.

The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.More information on: www.EU4Energy.eu.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union in the framework of the EU4Energy Initiative. The contents are the sole responsibility of Local Foundation for Promotion of International Dialogue and Cooperation 'Interakcia' and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
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