North-east art festival exceeds expectation with 62,000 visitors

Annual Aberdeen art festival had record attendance numbers with 62,746 visitors.

Spectra, the city’s festival of light, exceeded expectations with nearly double the 35,000 that visited the 2016 festival.

Festival highlights included BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle’s Laser Light Synths that wowed the crowds at Marischal College.

Aberdeen City Council Deputy Leader Marie Boulton said: “SPECTRA 2017 has exceeded our expectations. Each of the five sites has been packed with families and friends enjoying the installations, with incredible visitor numbers showing the popularity of cultural events in Aberdeen.

“Catalyst Conference held alongside SPECTRA has also shown the commitment of the arts industry to the changing economic landscape of Aberdeen. Industry leaders have participated in discussions that will not only influence the arts community locally, but also on a national and international scale.

“As Scotland, and Aberdeen’s reputation as a tourist destination continues to develop, attractions such as SPECTRA will play a pivotal role in the cultural offering that attracts visitors.”

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