Located in Liverpool Cathedral, ‘Gaia’ hangs majestically in the Grade I listed building. (Credit: Gareth Jones)

A festival of light will be returning to Aberdeen next month, with SPECTRA featurin the wirks o some o the city’s maist talented poets, including the North-East’s Makar, Sheena Blackhall. The four day event will begin on the 10th February an the organisers hiv released the followin statement:

“SPECTRA, Scotland’s festival of light, is thrilled to return to Aberdeen with an amazing line-up in Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.”

“We’ve got world and Scottish premieres, incredible multidisciplinary collaborations, and inspiring artists coming to venues all over the city to light up the dark winter nights and bring Scotland’s stories to life.”

“Discover this year’s programme of award-winning installations from UK based and international artists at Marischal College, Union Street, Broad Street, Upperkirkgate, Schoolhill, Marischal Square, Aberdeen Music Hall, and for the very first time, inside Aberdeen Art Gallery.”

Writ Large, created with the award-winning literary collective Neu! Reekie! and commissioned as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories, will combine creative light installations with words to bring Scottish prose and poetry to life across the city.”

“Artist’s include Aberdonian poet Mae Diansangu, Sheena Blackhall, Amanda Thomson and SAY Award-winner Kathryn Joseph, TOGETHER, from Lucid Creates, makes its Scottish debut at SPECTRA.”

“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 it will take over Castlegate in Aberdeen city centre.”

“SPECTRA takes place 10-13 February and you can explore the programme in full via link below, or read on below for more of the highlights.”

“In another first, Aberdeen will welcome Gaia and Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram, as these awe-inspiring pieces take over two iconic Aberdeen locations, the Sculpture Court of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Music Hall.”

“The works will be accompanied by specially made surround sound compositions by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.”

“From the Travelling Light Circus, the incredible Pendulum Wave Machine comes to Broad Street and sees shimmering silver balls hanging in the air like floating mercury, dancing their way through patterns of order and patterns of chaos and alongside it.”

“While Hypercube resembles an infinity mirror in 3 dimensions, featuring over 2,500 LEDs between 6 perfectly engineered faces of a giant cube, it is believed to be the biggest hypercube in the world.”

“Joining them on Broad Street, Trumpet Flowers by amigo and amigo is one of this year’s only interactive installations and is a Scottish premiere.”

“We have also just announced the Catalyst Conference, which brings together arts, activism and those that hold the levers of power to ask how culture can better influence people’s values beyond the arts. Book now!”

Mair information is available here .

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