Could Spectra festival be returning to Aberdeen?

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The popular Spectra festival could be returning to bathe the Granite City in light.

A new contract has been put out to tender for the popular event.

There had been concern in January about the future of the “festival of light” after it emerged it would not be returning for an outing in 2019.

Iconic locations such as Union Terrace Gardens, His Majesty’s Theatre and St Nicholas Kirkyard were illuminated with dramatic projections, luminous sculptures and even musical, colour-changing see-saws in previous years.

Some 91,000 people attended the spectacle – with the city’s culture spokeswoman, Marie Boulton, hailing the festival for getting “bigger and better” “year on year”.

It had been feared that the popular event would not return following the hiatus.

However council bosses vowed to “refresh” Spectra and bring it back as part of their ambitious events strategy to draw more visitors to the city.

The report read:  “Spectra is recognised within the Event 365 plan as a ‘signature event’ as well as the Aberdeen cultural strategy action plan endorsed by the council in 2018.

“(It) supports diversification of the city’s tourism sector by securing new audiences through support to cultural venues, programmes and other events.”