Aberdeen’s Spectra festival wins big at national awards

An Aberdeen light festival has won two prestigious national awards.

Spectra, which saw around 65,000 people visit different buildings and installations across the city, picked up the title for Large Event of the Year and Team of the Year at the The Drum Scottish Event awards.

The event, which is produced by Curated Place for Aberdeen City Council, supported by Event Scotland and Creative Scotland, sees local and international artists creating spectacular light installations across the city centre each February.

Last year the team was nominated for three awards eventually walking away with Festival of the Year 2016.

Councillor Marie Boulton, city council culture spokesperson, said: “It is fantastic to have the growing success of SPECTRA recognised with another win from the Scottish Event Awards for the second year running.

“To win this award against such strong competition is an incredible example of how our staff, volunteers and our arts partner Curated Place work together in delivering such a unique festival for the people of Aberdeen and beyond.

“Although still relatively young as a festival, SPECTRA 2017 is proving to be an extremely popular event year on year.”