St. Petersburg to be a centre of Russian lighting culture

(Russia) – The fourth annual International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design will be held in St. Petersburg on October 12th-13th.

The Russian Creative Association of Lighting Designers, RULD, and the Higher School of Lighting Design at ITMO University (CLD ITMO University) have announced the fourth International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design in 2017.

The event will be held at the high-tech New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre on October 12th–13th 2017, and will bring together Russian and international experts from the fields of lighting design, architecture, multimedia, urbanism, art, IT and engineering.

The International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design is a unique annual conference in St. Petersburg and is a key platform for the interaction of domestic and international representatives in the fields of science, business, art and the innovation sector to implement this programme.

The main goal of the conference is to connect science with business through art and innovative technology to develop a competitive market of lighting design and produce new ideas and trends. More than 500 architects, lighting designers, engineers, IT and multimedia specialists, scientists, representatives of Russian government, top-managers, set designers, producers and artists are expected to attend this year’s conference and discuss the main theme of ‘Identity’.

The two-day event features four general panel discussions, more than 20 presentations, workshops and lectures given by key Russian and international experts. In addition to the main programme, there will also be cultural and social events arranged, as well as open lectures for the city to promote the development of lighting culture and to increase awareness and knowledge amongst the local citizens in the field of science and light.

Furthermore, during the conference the first International Lighting Design Competition awards ceremony will be held during the Festival ‘Night of Lights in Gatchina’. The competition is organised by St. Petersburg State Budgetary Institution of Culture’s ‘National Reserve-Museum Gatchina’ and CLD ITMO University, with the support of the Committee of Culture of St. Petersburg.

The best installations from the competition were displayed for the visitors of the festival on the 12th August, along with professional installations that are included in the event’s main programme. The festival’s expert jury will choose the winner of the competition, while the winner of the online poll will get the Audience Choice Award. The prizewinners will be announced at the International Research-to-Practice Conference on Lighting Design.