Festival of light to brighten city centre

The sea and coastline will provide the inspiration for the Spectra light festival when it marks the start of Aberdeen City Council’s 2020 events programme.

Spectra will be held from February 13-16 at venues including Marischal College Quad, Broad Street, St Nicholas Kirkyard and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The festival brings together work from national and international artists and includes interactive light sculptures and building projections.

Installations will include work by artist Dodda Maggy, who has explored the myths that connect the people of the North Sea coast to Iceland.

Double Take, a new co-commission between the RSPB and Spectra, will highlight the biodiversity of coastal waters.

And Designs in Air (UK) will bring their 3D street art to the festival and with a menagerie of sea creatures.

Spectra began in 2016 and attracted 35,000 visitors in its first year and is returning after the three-year contract ended in 2018.

Andy Brydon, Director of Curated Place, said: “Curated Place are excited to return as the producers of Spectra alongside Aberdeen City Council’s culture and events teams.

“After working tirelessly to develop the festival in its inaugural years we’re now keen to develop more opportunities for Aberdeen artists and producers to work with the seasoned team.”

Photograph: Alda_DoddaMaggy_Press