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SPECTRA Scotland’s Festival of Light kicks off tonight in Aberdeen

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SPECTRA, Scotland’s Festival of Light, will launch at 6.30pm on Thursday 10 February at venues across Aberdeen city centre. Until Sunday 13 February, festival visitors and fans can expect new commissions, cross-disciplinary collaborations, Scottish premieres and all-new ‘live’ programming, as SPECTRA lights up the dark nights of Winter of Year of Stories in Scotland.

Organizers are delighted to unveil an exciting new strand of live performance that has been added to this year’s program and the festival will host a range of storytelling, dance performances and family science talks, at venues across the city while throughout the weekend.

During this year of stories, join storytellers Pauline Cordiner and Lindsey Gibb for upbeat tales of magic and mystery featuring hungry fairies, blethering puddocks, glaekit loons and scrabble giants, or join planetary volcanologist Dr. Malcolm Hole from the University of Aberdeen under Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon (at Music Hall Aberdeen) to hear about the history and future of the moon.

For those who prefer to keep moving, there will be two Sound Intervention light bikes located on Schoolhill and Upperkirkgate. These battery-powered electric trikes with digital projectors and a powerful sound system allow cycling projectionist DJs to manipulate projectors and manually move images, improvise, and interact with people and architecture.

Fusion Youth Dance Company will also be performing at Castlegate from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th February, so keep your eyes peeled as they perform Together They Dance which was inspired by Lucid Creates’ TOGETHER.

This year’s program of award-winning installations from the UK and International artists will appear at Marischal College, Broad Street, Upperkirkgate, Schoolhill, Marischal Square, Aberdeen Music Hall and, for the very first time, inside the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Cllr Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “”Spectra is finally back after a long hiatus due to the pandemic and Aberdeen is ready to welcome everyone back to the city center to enjoy these light installations. spectacular. We have already seen groups of people stop to admire the work as it was built this week, especially Together in the Castlegate which is a real crush! Following the challenges we have faced over the past two years, and with those yet to come as we emerge from the pandemic, it is extremely encouraging to once again host major public events that give us reason to celebrate. our city, its people and art. . We hope everyone enjoys it, stays safe and we can look forward to many more great festivals and events throughout the year in Aberdeen and across the country.”

A highlight this year is the world premiere of Write Large. Commissioned as part of the Scottish Year of Stories and in partnership with award-winning literary collective and arts production house Neu Reekie, Writ Large combines creative light installations with words to bring Scottish prose and poetry to life. Blasting the colorful lyrics of contemporary Scottish poets, writers, musicians and artists onto city center buildings including the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Marischal College, Castlegate, Upper Kirkgate and Schoolhill, Writ Large is supported by Event Scotland.

In addition to the world premiere of Writ Large, TOGETHER makes its Scottish debut at SPECTRA in 2022. This spectacular public art installation offers audiences a unique and immersive experience generated by the written and spoken stories of local communities, artists and collaborators, and he will take over Castlegate in downtown Aberdeen. From design and manufacturing studio Lucid Creates, TOGETHER was created in response to lockdown isolation.

And in another first, Aberdeen will host Gaia and artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, as these awe-inspiring pieces take over two iconic Aberdeen locations, accompanied by a specially curated surround sound composition by the BAFTA-winning composer. Dan Jones.

Located in the Sculpture Court of the Art Gallery of Aberdeen, Gaia offers the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions, and this 7 meter diameter installation creates a sense of wonder and a renewed sense of responsibility to take care of the environment. Where Gaia offers viewers a perspective on the earth, suspended in the Aberdeen Music Hall, the Museum of the Moon offers us an equally breathtaking depiction of the Moon. Inspired by the fact that different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships with the Moon, and yet despite these differences the Moon connects them all, the Moon Museum is a fusion of imagery moonlight, moonlight and surround sound.

Located on Broad Street, the incredible Pendulum Wave Machine sees shimmering silver balls suspended in the air like floating mercury, dancing through patterns of order and patterns of chaos and next to it, Hypercube looks like an infinite mirror in 3 dimensions. Featuring over 2,500 high-density, high-intensity LEDs between 6 perfectly designed faces of a giant cube, it is believed to be the largest hypercube in the world. Both installations are the work of Traveling Light Circus.

Trumpet Flowers by amigo and amigo is also located on Broad Street and is one of this year’s only interactive installations and is the first time it has been seen in Scotland. These oversized structures immerse the audience in a jungle of light, color and sound and individuals can create their own spectacular floral symphony of sound and light or catch one of the animated musical scores programmed throughout the evening.

And, last but not least, at Marischal Collage another world premiere will take place as Six Frames of Illuminos will take center stage. A playful take on six stanzas of Sheena Blackhall’s poem On the Bus: nummer 1 route Six Frames uses six repetitive sections of the facade of Marischal College alongside principles found in flick books and early animations, to take us on a journey through Aberdeen from the Poem Bus route.

As always, Spectra is a beautiful, friendly event for all, bringing together stunning, accessible and high-quality works of art from Scottish and International artists to buildings and public spaces in central Aberdeen and bathing them in light and joy. As we continue to manage the ongoing pandemic and ensure a safe environment for visitors and artists, this edition of Spectra may look different from previous years while still providing a spectacular experience.

The Spectra website will share more information on the facilities and how to take advantage of them, whether you are traveling to the city center with family or traveling from Dundee, Perth or Edinburgh with friends. www.spectrafestival.co.uk

Commissioned by Aberdeen City Council and organized by the award-winning Curated Place, Spectra is just one of a series of cultural events taking place throughout the year in North East Scotland, and this year , it is accompanied once again by the Catalyst conference, which this year takes place entirely online and explores the concept #CultureisNotaLuxury. More information and registration here – https://www.spectrafestival.co.uk/conferenceSPECTRA Scotland's Festival of Light kicks off tonight in Aberdeen