Aberdeen prepares for Spectra Festival of Light with temporary road restrictions


ABERDEEN is gearing up for the return of Spectra, Scotland’s four-day Festival of Light, scheduled from Thursday, February 8, until Sunday, February 11. In celebration of the festival’s tenth anniversary, the city will be adorned with eye-catching projections, interactive sculptures, and magical installations, illuminating Aberdeen’s winter nights.

To ensure the smooth execution of the festival and the safety of attendees, the city will implement temporary road closures and parking restrictions. Councillor Martin Greig, Aberdeen City Council’s Culture spokesperson, emphasised the importance of minimising disruption to those residing, working, or visiting the event sites.

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“Aberdeen City Council is keen to ensure that the organisation of this hugely popular event will cause minimal disruption… It is necessary to introduce temporary traffic restrictions to ensure public safety during the installation of sculptures and lightworks ahead of, and after the festival,” said Councillor Martin Greig.

Key road closures will be in effect, including Broad Street from Queen Street to Upperkirkgate, Union Terrace/Rosemount Viaduct, Rosemount Viaduct & Blackfriars Street, Schoolhill, Harriet Street, Back Wynd, and various others. These closures will be effective during specific hours from Thursday, February 8, to Sunday, February 11.

Parking restrictions will also be implemented in specific areas from 11 pm on Wednesday, February 7, until 11.59 pm on Sunday, February 11. Locations affected include Schoolhill Pocket Park, Upperkirkgate, Back Wynd, Union Terrace, Littlejohn Street, Queen Street, among others.

Councillor Martin Greig urged the community to support Spectra, recognizing its significance in the annual events calendar for Scotland. With an anticipated 100,000 visitors, the festival promises to transform iconic buildings and locations across the city, offering a visually stunning experience.

Maps highlighting diversions and alternative routes have been provided ahead of the festival. The full festival program and further details can be accessed on the official Spectra Festival website at www.spectrafestival.com.

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