Spectra, Aberdeen's Festival of Light: Instagram images to get us excited for 2016

Spectra, Aberdeen's Festival of Light: Instagram images to get us excited for 2016

With 2016's festival coming next month, we whet our appetite with some images from last year's event

It's been a long, dark, winter, but luckily, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Well, actually, there's lots, in the shape of Spectra. This four-day light festival takes place in Aberdeen, and brings together leading international artists with Scottish collaborators.

Comprising major public realm and gallery installations alongside new experimental works, 2016's event runs Thu 11–Sun 14 Feb 2016. It takes place in Union Terrace Gardens, St Nicholas Kirkyard, Marischal College and Seventeen.

This year's theme is 'Spark of Inspiration', which celebrates the 2016 Scottish Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, so we thought we'd offer up a little visual inspiration of our own, by looking at some of the best instagram images from last year's festival. Here are the ones that made our top five.

This, from Aberdeen City Council, shows red light cascading downwards in Union Terrace Gardens, where a lot of the action will take place in 2016.

@nikongirl369 caught Projection Fluids by Antony Hall on camera, and we like the result.

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Projection Fluids - Antony Hall #SPECTRA15

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@marylouisebutterworth's image captures some haunting light action, as two figures take in the action.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a shot of some lovely light art, captured by @sidscott

And finally, we reckon @ilan_katin captures the spirit of the festival nicely with this wee snap.

Here's to 2016, lovers of the light.

Spectra, various venues, Aberdeen, Thu 11–Sun 14 Feb

SPECTRA: Aberdeen's Festival of Light

Public light artworks animate spaces in Aberdeen's city centre at this four-day festival. This year’s festival celebrates Aberdeen's rich coast and waters in recognition of the national 'Year of Coast and Waters'.

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