On 12 – 13 February 2022, at the innovation cluster of the Kirov Palace of Culture the «Big City Lights» festival was successfully held.
The event was organized by the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg in cooperation with Non-Commercial Partnership “European-Russian InnoPartnership” and TeamCIS of Build The Earth project in the frames of international project “King’s Road Renascence, new dimension and digital tools” (KS11135 King’s Road Renascence), “South-East Finland – Russia” 2014 – 2020 cross-border cooperation Programme.
The festival was organised with the information support of the Committee on IT and Communications, The Committee for Youth Policy and Interaction with Public Organizations, the Committee for Science and Higher Education, the Committee for Culture and Tourism of the Leningrad Region.
Julia Kuzenskaya, Deputy Chairman of Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg, Dmitry Kuzmin, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on IT and Communications, and Ivan Yesipov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Youth Policy and Interaction with Public Organizations opened the event.
During the two days of the festival, the participants had the opportunity to recreate in virtual mode touristic objects of St. Petersburg (the Kirov Palace of Culture, the Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, etc.) and the Leningrad Region (Vyborg Castle, the Saint Mary Magdalene Kirche (Primorsk)) using the world famous “Minecraft” universe.
Artem Petrov, TeamCIS leader, presented the report devoted to the history of Build the Earth project and held a workshop on working with 3D construction tools.
Maria Kuzko, Executive Director of Non-Commercial Partnership “European-Russian InnoPartnership”, talked about the main goals, objectives and expected results of the project KS11135 King’s Road Renascence. Maria also noted, that there will be organized more thematic events, that may be also interesting for participants of Big City Lights festival.
The event was attended by more than 80 people (online + offline), 1,500 people watched the live broadcast in social media.
At the end of the festival, all participants were awarded with letters of appreciation from the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg and the Committee on IT and Communications.