Light festival shining star at awards
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.”