A Look Back: 2017


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Spectra 2017, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light , was located across Aberdeen City Centre in 5 key locations – Union Terrace Gardens, St Nicholas Kirkyard, Marischal College, The Roof Garden (new venue for 2017) and Seventeen.  Celebrating the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology exploring Aberdeen’s past through this year’s theme “A New Light”, Aberdeen City Council, in conjunction with Curated Place, delivered a 4 day light festival bringing together leading international artists with Scottish collaborators with 30 art, light and sound installations across the city.

As part of SPECTRA 2017, Curated Place also introduced the inaugural Catalyst Conference and invited artists, designers, academics, architects, business leaders and social entrepreneurs to come together for a two day conference with our international partners, to identify ways to develop the cultural economy in Aberdeen.

Taking place over two days the conference invited experts to the SPECTRA festival to experience Aberdeen at its most vibrant then ask – how do we maintain this and grow the cultural economy? Led by action, not the reading of papers, and interspersed with entertainment the event was intended to be a catalyst for action at home and internationally.

This conference also explored key arts and cultural catalysts through panel discussions, workshops, tours and discussion groups, as well as feature performances from SPECTRA festival artists, networking events and evening entertainment.

Take a look back at Spectra 2017 best bits…


Adapt 5

Hot Heads

Doric Smoorach

Wave Garden

Group Hug

Channel 3.2

The Global Derive: The Sum Is Greater Than The Parts


Forget Me Not

The Gateway

Les Araignees


Felix’s Machines


True North Music Stage

Rajio Taiso


Secret Cities Aberdeen

Laser Light Synths

9 Months Rebirth

Obar Deheathian

Illuminating Geometry