Curated Place was thrilled to returned to Aberdeen to deliver Spectra 2017 over the weekend of 9th to the 12th of February. This year the theme was “A New Light”, celebrating the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. As per previous years the festival centred around Union Terrace Gardens but stretched over to the Kirk of St Nicholas, Seventeen and Marischal College. Over 30 original works were displayed, many of which created by artists who were showing in Scotland for the first time.
We also won The Drum's Scottish Event Awards as Large Festival of the Year & Events Team of the Year for Spectra 2017 Aberdeen's Festival of Light.
Building on the success of Spectra over the last 3 years we were thrilled to welcome over 65000 guests to this years festival which was a growth from 35000 guests in 2016. We believe this is down to the successful relationship we have with Aberdeen City Council who have been immensely supportive in letting us be a part of creating a long term vision for Cultural Activity and Events in the City.
Further from the success of Spectra 2017 Aberdeen City Council published a report stating a boost of £1m to the local economy of the back of our festival.
As part of Spectra 2017 we collaborated with Jenny Dockett, an experienced arts educator to work with school children from across the city. Around 400 pupils from 10 primary schools took part in workshops with the work of the children being displayed as part of the festival. This created an opportunity for the children and their families to feel part of the festival and furthermore a part of their city.
As part of our plans for growth in 2017 we hosted a conference and invited artists, designers, academics, architects, business leaders and social entrepreneurs to come together with our international partners to identify ways to develop the cultural economy in Aberdeen. The extremely successful conference took place over 2 days in the beautiful Anatomy Rooms and was attended by over 100 delegates and speakers. We wanted to encourage activities let by action, not papers, interspersed with entertainment and where people could come together, not just visualising collaborations but creating them.
The 2017 CATALYST Brochure is available via download.
We were also nominated for The Drum Scottish Event Awards 2017 in the following categories: