Popular art festival SPECTRA has provided a boost of almost £1 million to Aberdeen’s economy.
New figures from Aberdeen City Council show the festival’s estimated output alone was £685,872 – more than £400,000 of that is linked to visitor spend and investment.
A further £314,000 was contributed to the local economy by increased spending of local people.
More than 63,000 people attended the four-night festival, double the previous year.
The festival, held at Union Terrace Gardens and throughout the city centre, featured 30 original works, many of which created by artists who were showing in Scotland for the first time.
Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council Culture spokeswoman, said: “Following the success of 2017 and the approval of the 2017/18 Culture Programme budget, SPECTRA will return in 2018 with the theme of ‘Play the Night’ – exploring innovation, creativity and the benefits of play to kick-off the national Year of Young People.
“The festival will centre on Aberdeen’s greatest asset, its young people, to create a collaborative programme which will place young people at the heart of development and delivery.
“Aberdeen is a dynamic city which offers a great deal for both residents and visitors. In the last few years, we have made a concerted effort to raise the city’s cultural profile and we look forward to welcoming SPECTRA back to Aberdeen in February 2018.”
School children from across the city were involved in event which celebrated Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Around 400 pupils from 10 primary schools across Aberdeen took part in workshops during the festival.
SPECTRA 2018, with the theme ‘play the night’, will feature new young artists from the city as well as continuing links with international partners.
Organisers are looking at ways of increasing the number of sites for the art work as well as the size of the festival, due to be held early next year.