Iconic buildings in Russia such as the Bolshoi Theatre and the Moscow State University are transformed into canvases for the colourful video projections of audio-visual art by designers from all around the world. An educational programme runs concurrently during the festival, where world-class lighting designers convene at lectures and workshops.
What to expect: Audio-visual projections, light installations, lectures and workshops.
When: Every September
Where: Moscow, Russia
Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the festival of light that is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. It coincides with the Hindu New Year, marking the new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The celebrations might be exciting in New Delhi but nothing compares to the sounds of special street parties with fireworks and sights of iconic buildings illuminated in the Pink City of Jaipur.
What to expect: Annual competition for the best-dressed market will see stalls creatively decorated with multi-coloured lights.
When: Every November
Where: Jaipur, India. Also widely celebrated in most Southeast Asian countries.
A festival of the Jews, it is celebrated over 8 days anywhere between the end of November and December, beginning with the lighting of Menorah (a candle holder with eight candles). It commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt in 2nd Century BCE.
What to expect: Festivities in the old City of Jerusalem, with different designs of Menorahs on display. Relay race of torch-bearers from the city of Modi’in in the Judean Hills to the Western Wall.
When: Every December
Where: Israel. Also widely celebrated in Myanmar, Iran and more.