The premiere show of the Festival of Lights in St. Petersburg took place on April 29, 2016. It was a grand multimedia performance on the facade of the Alexandrinsky Theater, which celebrated its 260th anniversary. Thousands of city residents and tourists gathered for the celebration.
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The actors from the Alexandrinsky Theater had voiced the scenes from «The Government Inspector», «Masquerade», «The Seagull» and other plays that were shown on the portico and the colonnade of the theater. For the first time in the history of Russian video technologies, two objects were included into the performance simultaneously: the facade of the theater and the monument to Catherine II. At the climax of the play, the monument «came to life» and announced: «Let there be light!». This words became the motto of the festival.