SPECTRA 2016 – Aberdeen’s Festival of Light

Curated Place have been commissioned for a second year to deliver SPECTRA 2016 in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.

Dates: 11th – 14th February 2016
Location: Union Terrace Gardens, Kirk of St Nicholas and Granite City Marischal College

SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light, delivers a four day light spectacular growing from its home in Union Terrace Gardens to the Kirk of St Nicholas graveyard and into the signature building of the Granite City Marischal College, celebrating the Scottish Year of Architecture, Innovation & Design through this year’s theme “Spark of Inspiration”.

The festival will deilver a 4 day light festival from the 11th Feb through to the 14th bringing together leading international artists with Scottish collaborators.

Featuring major public realm and gallery installations alongside new experimental works from the North East’s creative community the festival will enliven the city and celebrate Aberdeen’s creative past, present and future. Inviting audiences to engage with playful, accessible and high quality performances, spaces and works of art that marry light, sound and interactive experiences SPECTRA 2016 will be an exciting family event bringing light to the depths of winter.

Festival highlights include:

The Pool by Jen Leiwin Studio at iLight Marina Bay 2014

The Pool by Jen Leiwin Studio at iLight Marina Bay 2014

The Pool – created by internationally-renowned light and interactive sculptor Jen Lewin, consists of giant concentric circles created from interactive circular pads – where play and movement create swirling effects of light and colour.

Created by internationally-renowned light and interactive sculptor like a giant game of light ‘ping pong’, the pool will have visitors running and jumping, adding, bouncing and mixing light together.



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Light Wave Power – created by scientific artist and light sculptor Paul Friedlander, is a kinetic light sculpture which consists of an overhead kinetic wave light display, which allows visitors to walk underneath and by doing so the waves change shape and colour





One Thousand Birds – an installation by artist Kathy Hinde with surround sound by Matthew Fairclough. Each time the installation is shown, the paper birds are re-made by people from the local community. A collection of 1,000 origami cranes, according to an ancient Japanese legend, is said to grant a wish.


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Many Hands Make Light Work – will be a giant light sculpture made by 250 different local participants artists Martin Lupton and Sharon Stammers are architectural lighting designers who undertake many community including school pupils across Aberdeen.

Architectural lighting designers Martin Lupton and Sharon Stammers are the Light Collective and the creators of this community engagement art project.



Call for volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver the festival, with lots of exciting ways to be involved. Find out more and apply