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Running for four nights between the 8–11 Feb 2018 SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s stunning Festival of Light returns to celebrate the Scottish Year of Young People through this year’s theme ‘Play the Night’. Bringing together leading international artists with Scottish collaborators and developing talent, the festival will deliver a four-day light and music exhibition using new technologies and tools to animate iconic city centre sites.

Introducing their new music programme, music venues across the city will be brought to life by a smorgasbord of Nordic and UK talent with late night sessions with some of Europe’s top DJ’s. The line up includess Lindstrøm, Emma Pollock, Plaid, Hidden Orchestra, AdHd, Mammút and many more!

Our two-day Catalyst Conference also returns on 9–10 Feb and brings together successful cultural leaders, artists and experts from across Europe and the UK to present their strategy around cultural development in Aberdeen.

SPECTRA: Aberdeen's Festival of Light

Scottish winters can be dark affairs but luckily Aberdeen’s Festival of Light, SPECTRA, returns in 2018 to illuminate the winter skies. The theme for this year’s festival is Play the Night as it explores innovation, creativity and the benefits of play to kick off Scotland’s Year of Young People. The four-day festival uses…

Something in the springs: how the Icelandic music scene is thriving

25 Jan 2018

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Known for its dramatic landscape and subarctic climate, along with its abundance of volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, Iceland isn't necessarily the first Nordic nation that comes to mind when thinking about music. Certainly, with a population of…

Hidden Orchestra, Emma Pollock and Nordic music among lineup highlights for SPECTRA 2018

11 Dec 2017

Aberdeen's annual light festival offers an eclectic selection of Nordic music as well as British artists

Aberdeen's annual light festival SPECTRA will expand in 2018 to incorporate a full festival strand of eclectic Nordic music from across Scandinavia, Norway and the UK. Over four days in February, running alongside the light festival itself, SPECTRA…

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