l CREATIVE Places award-winner Huntly in Aberdeenshire, home of Deveron Arts, has a series of events under the banner Hallowe'en in Huntly.

In the company of Allysson Velez the town will be finding out about carnival rituals in Brazil and listening to his samba band. The Lantern Parade will be accompanied by a Ceilidhamba, combining two musical tradtions, and students from Edinburgh Colege of Art will be working with Simon Preston on Death Row Dinners, a fresh look at Last Suppers.

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l THE Hebrides Ensemble is currently representing Scotland at a conference in Brussels which aims to establish a new body to promote new music to new audiences across Europe.

New:Aud, as the project has been abbreviated, brings together 31 contemporary music ensembles from 17 countries and will last for two years, sharing thinking on styles of presentation, interaction with concert-goers and the performance of new music for children and young people. The ensemble's artistic director William Conway joined colleagues from the London Sinfonietta and Manchester's Psappha Ensemble at the conference.

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