Light fes­ti­val shines with suc­cess

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late the teams re­spon­si­ble.”

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