Spectra Festival of Light

After last year’s success of the Spectra Festival of Light, this year the festival took place in 4 different locations: Union Terrace Gardens, St. Nicholas Kirk, Marischal College and Seventeen.

The theme this year was ‘Spark of Inspiration’ which celebrated the 2016 Scottish Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Spectra is a mixture of light installations, music and poetry. The festival brought together leading international artists with Scottish collaborations.

The timing of the festival couldn’t have been better as it was during Valentine’s Day weekend, February 11th to 14th.

The heart of the festival was in Union Terrace Gardens. It had 11 entertaining and family friendly installations.

Here is a picture of The Pool by Jen Lewin. This interactive pool creates swirling light and colour when users move from one pad to another.



Pa Boom, Flaming Entrances and exits


Many Hands Make Light Work was created by children from 250 local schools


Kinetic Light Wave Power Sculpture by Paul Friedlander at St. Nicholas Kirk


Face of Innovation installation at Marischal College

Aberdeen has a lot of festivals during the year and Spectra is one of my favourites. It has a great variety of art installations to suit everyone’s taste. It was a fun and creative way to spend a weekend. I am definitely looking forward to going again next year!

To find out more about the Spectra Festival visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/spectraaberdeen


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