2018: Play The Night

SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light, has closed for 2018 and a huge thank you to all who came out to see us this year!  We drew over 91,000 visits to over 30 installations across three stunning sites in the city, topping the 65,000 visits to the 2017 festival.

BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle’s Lightning Strikes and Lightbombing by SOLA wowed the crowds at Marischal College; while St Nicholas Kirk was transformed into an ethereal and contemplative space by the beautiful and hypnotic OctopusGarden by RaumZeitPiraten and Sun at Night by David Henkel inside the Kirk itself.

Union Terrace Garden was the location of the eagerly anticipated installations Wave-Field by Lateral Office and Light Battle by Venividimultiplex that delighted visitors and saw Union Terrace Gardens reimagined as into a whimsical playground.

This year saw His Majesty’s Theatre bathed in light with King Orpheo by Illuminous, and the welcome return of arts space The Anatomy Rooms behind Marischal College hosted Felix’s Machines with Compositional Automata.

SPECTRA, supported through Aberdeen City Council’s Culture Programme, demonstrates the Council’s ongoing commitment to recognise the city’s cultural aspirations to deliver a major step change in perception, opportunities and legacy.  It was also one of the first events celebrating Scotland’s 2018 Year of Young People, which showcases the amazing young personalities, talents and achievers that make up Scotland.

Venues across the city were brought to life with a smorgasbord of UK and Nordic Musical Talent including Steve Cobby, Science of the Lamps, Mammút, and Plaid, to name just a few of the artists playing over the weekend as part of the reimagined Music Programme which was funded by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

A huge thank you to all who came out to see SPECTRA 2018!