SPECTRA leads the way for an impressive year of culture

Last week, SPECTRA – our festival of lights – welcomed more than 20 artists from across the world to Aberdeen who showcased our city in a whole new light.

And the event also succeeded in capturing the hearts of tens of thousands of our residents.

We have received many messages, all incredibly positive reactions, from those who came to see the colourful installations at Union Terrace Gardens, Seventeen on Belmont Street, St Nicolas Kirkyard and Marischal College.

The light festival managed to make use of such beautiful spaces and architecture in the city and invited those of all ages to play and experience art, science and history together.

I think it’s safe to say that this year’s festival was bigger and better than ever before as our visitor numbers went up from 10,000 to 35,000, and ideas are already being discussed as to how to improve and impress once again in 2017.

Through the Aberdeen City Masterplan, we are committed to cutting-edge events which play an important part of the economic and cultural fabric of our city. It is also important events such as these are held in easily-accessible public spaces such as the City Council’s Union Terrace Gardens and the quod in Marischal College so people can access them.

Rest assured, as we continue Shaping Aberdeen, we will build on festivals like SPECTRA to help establish Aberdeen as a cultural city of global status.

The festival marked the start of an exciting calendar of events in 2016.

From festivals of jazz music to celebrations of visual arts, design, science and technology as well as the world-renowned Aberdeen International Youth Festival, this year’s programme will offer everyone enjoyable experiences and opportunities to explore and discover the many fascinating areas of the city.

I would encourage everyone to come out once again and enjoy what the city has to offer over the coming months.