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Aberdeen's Spectra festival of light returns after a year's absence

Image caption The festival of light was not held last year

Aberdeen's festival of light, Spectra, has returned after an absence of a year.

Spectra began several years and was hailed a success after attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

However, the contract ended in 2018 and it did not run last year.

Spectra, a free event, is now being held again in the city centre from Thursday until Sunday at venues including the Marischal College Quad and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Image caption Spectra is an eye-catching spectacle in the centre of Aberdeen
Presentational white space

Sights such as giant tentacles on rooftops have already begun appearing

The festival brings together work from national and international artists.

It features interactive light sculptures and architectural projections.

Image caption There are many colourful sights to see
Image caption Aberdeen Art Gallery also has a new attraction

Event director Andy Brydon said: "Spectra will take place across more city centre sites than ever before.

"With a new production team based in Aberdeen already developing a five-year plan for the festival's development, Scotland's Festival of Light is looking at further increasing its reach throughout the city."

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