2018: Play The Night

Running for four nights between the 8th–11th February 2018 SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light, will return to celebrate the Scottish Year of Young People through this year’s theme ‘Play the Night’. Bringing together leading international artists with Scottish collaborators and developing new talent,  the festival will deliver a four-day light and music programme using new technologies and tools to animate Union Terrace Gardens, the Kirk of St Nicholas, and Marischal College. Entry to all the Light programme sites is free to the public!


Alongside our outstanding  light festival, we are introducing our enhanced music programme to SPECTRA for 2018.  Music venues across the city will be brought to life by a smorgasbord of Nordic and UK talent with late night sessions with some of Europe’s top DJ’s.   The line up for the music programme features Lindstrøm, Emma Pollock, Plaid, Hidden Orchestra, AdHd, Mammút and many more! Weekend and day tickets are available here: TICKETS FOR SPECTRA MUSIC PROGRAMME


Our two-day Catalyst Conference also returns on 9-10 February and will bring together successful cultural leaders, artists and experts from across Europe and within the UK to present their strategy around cultural development in Aberdeen. Book your place here


Organised by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Curated Place SPECTRA will once again light up the winter nights  offering more experiences of light and sound than ever before.


Check out our 2018 programme below!