8 - 11 February | Aberdeen's Festival of Light | 'Play the Night'
Running for four nights between the 8th–11th February 2018 SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light, will return to celebrate the Scottish Year of Young People through this year’s theme ‘Play the Night’. Bringing together leading international artists with Scottish collaborators and developing new talent the festival will deliver a four-day light and music spectacular. Using new technologies and tools to animate Union Terrace Gardens, the Kirk of St Nicholas, and Marischal College, we will also expand to two new sites in the city centre and launch a new music festival as part of the programme to accommodate the overwhelming popularity of the event.
Alongside the fantastic Light Installations we will be introducing a Music Programme to SPECTRA 2018. We are thrilled to be welcoming a smorgasbord of Nordic and UK talent - culminating in mind melting AV shows from stars of Electronic Music. 4 Days of live music in 3 fantastic Venues, The Assembly, The Tunnels and Unit 51.
Building on the success of our inaugural Catalyst Conference of last year we are thrilled to be bringing together again an array of highly successful cultural leaders, artists and experts from across Europe and within the UK, from both creative centre’s and from the periphery to present their strategy around cultural development, presenting their successes so far and their aspirations for the future, with a strong focus on Aberdeen.
SPECTRA is funded by Aberdeen City Council with additional support from Event Scotland and the Culture Fund of the European Union.
To deliver this ambitious festival we need your help! There are numerous volunteering opportunities available, all of which will give you the chance to take part in one of Scotland’s most unique festivals and help light up Aberdeen.
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We are happy to share that Pat Kane will be hosting the conference on 9 February. Pat is a writer, musician, curator, consultant, activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Guardian/Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999. Currently a columnist with The National Newspaper, Pat’s forthcoming book (with Indra Adnan) is Radical Animal.
Pat is also currently the lead curator of Nesta’s FutureFest event - in his words, “A Glastonbury of the Future”. He is also co-initiator of the new political platform The Alternative UK. And he is still one half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry.
The SPECTRA Catalyst Conference will bring together successful cultural leaders, artists and experts from across Europe and within the UK, from both creative centres and from the periphery to present their strategy around cultural development, presenting their successes so far and their aspirations for the future, with a strong focus on Aberdeen.
We are delighted to be welcoming keynote speaker Martin Green, who has successfully led Hull as the City of Culture 2017. He is joined by the First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid who is the co-founder of Iceland Writers Retreat as well as very actively promoting the art and literature scene in Iceland, and Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Director of the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands.
We hear from the people directly involved in changing the cultural scene in Aberdeen, including Nuno Sacramento, who has been newly appointed as the Director of Peacock Visual Arts and Steve Slater Director of City Moves whilst Look Again's Hilary Nicoll will lead a panel quizzing an artist and a curator working in the public realm. From our year-round residency programme we will bring together artists who we have supported working collaboratively in Aberdeen, Bury and Blackpool.
There will also be a focus on light and sound in the cities as Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music at the University of Aberdeen, Pete Stollery will present a panel of experts who explore the public notion of identity of space through sound. Leading light and city play artists Tine Bech and Seb Lee Delisle will come together with world leaders in projection mapping Limelight and Illuminos to discuss how major interventions can have an impact on the built environment and perceptions of place. We will also welcome our international light festival peers from major festivals in Lux Helsinki and Factory Light Festival in Slemmestad, Norway.
Ticket prices include entry to both days at the conference and lunch.