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Aberdeen’s Festival of Light wins Festival of the Year Award

Congratulations to the SPECTRA team who were recently awarded Team of the Year and Large Event of the Year at the The Drum Scottish Event Awards 2017.  It is a great achievement and a reflection of all the work hard and creative energy that has gone into Aberdeen’s Festival of Light.   SPECTRA is only it is fourth year but is now a firm fixture in Aberdeen’s cultural calendar. This year’s festival attracted 65,000 visitors across four days and included highlights from artists such as Caitlyn r.c. Brown and Wayne Garret, who produced CLOUD, an interactive sculpture featuring 6000 incandescent light bulbs.

(c) Wullie Marr/SPECTRA

Aberdeen schools were also involved taking part in workshops. Seventeen hosted children’s’ workshops, lluminating Geometry, where SPECTRA Artist in Residence Jenny Dockett taught participants how to create LED lanterns.  Participants work from the Secret Cities Aberdeen, Cityscapes and Archive workshops and Photoshop Masterclass were also on display throughout the 4 days.

I am looking forward to next year’s SPECTRA, which already appears to be shaping up to be bigger and better than before with the addition of an extended music programme. Congratulations again to all of the SPECTRA team on taking home the Large Event of the Year and Team of the Year Awards.