Light fes­ti­val shin­ing star at awards

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY NICK HUMPHREYS

A light fes­ti­val in Aberdeen has been crowned a shin­ing suc­cess af­ter scoop­ing two top awards at a na­tional cer­e­mony.

Spec­tra 2017 won large event of the year and team of the year at The Drum Scot­tish Event Awards in Glas­gow.

Lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists de­scend on the city cen­tre each Fe­bru­ary to cre­ate spec­tac­u­lar light in­stal­la­tions.

The 2017 fes­ti­val high­lights in­cluded an in­ter­ac­tive sculp­ture fea­tur­ing 6,000 in­can­des­cent light bulbs by two Cana­dian artists and a light in­stal­la­tion filling St Ni­cholas Kirk­yard with stick fig­ure spi­ders which came to life with a spooky mu­si­cal score.

“Spec­tra 2017 is prov­ing to be an ex­tremely pop­u­lar event”

The fes­ti­val also wel­comed Bafta award­win­ning artist Seb LeeDelisle and his Laser Light Synths in­stal­la­tion to Marischal Col­lege. Last year the event won the over­all fes­ti­val of the year prize.

Coun­cil­lor Marie Boul­ton, Aberdeen City Coun­cil’s cul­ture spokes­woman, said: “To win this award against such strong com­pe­ti­tion is an in­cred­i­ble ex­am­ple of how our staff, vol­un­teers and our arts part­ner cu­rated place work to­gether in de­liv­er­ing such a unique fes­ti­val for the peo­ple of Aberdeen and beyond.

“Although still rel­a­tively young as a fes­ti­val, Spec­tra 2017 is prov­ing to be an ex­tremely pop­u­lar event year on year and we are de­lighted that it has been em­braced by our au­di­ences. Our vi­sion for Spec­tra is to be a sig­na­ture cul­tural event for the re­gion and fur­ther afield, which would show­case what Aberdeen can of­fer as a con­tem­po­rary city with a strong events pro­gramme com­bined with cul­tural her­itage.”

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