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Deveron Projects

The Town Is The Venue
Where in the world is Huntly? Where in the world is Huntly?

Cath Whippie + Various

Halloween Hairst Festival

2002 – 2011

I was born on the night of Samhain, when
the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin
and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and
sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.
Carolyn MacCullough
A celebration of Halloween through the Samhain traditions which continues till today

In 2002 Deveron Projects organised a Halloween festival in Huntly at the end of October, bringing artists and community together to celebrate the ancient tradition of Samhain in Scotland. Through dressing up and having fun, we celebrate the traditional Celtic New Year, associated with the seasonal harvest, a key aspect of rural life. Since then, the Halloween festival in Huntly has grown into an annual event, with an independent committee and its own programme of events over the Halloween period. Halloween in Huntly has recently been renamed Huntly Hairst, a festival celebrating the traditional Scottish Harvest as a food and art festival.

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Since its inception the festival has provided an opportunity for seasonal celebration and family gathering and participation. Recently, young people from Huntly collaborated and performed with international performance group Dudendance, while throughout the years contributions to the festival have also come from Shona Donaldson, Donal Brown, Fabiana GalanteMerlyn Riggs and the ajtc Theatre Company.

Cath Whippie joined Devon Projects for a residency in 2007. She worked with the Huntly and District Pipe Band to create a series of masks, including the spectacular golden eagle mask for the Drum Major. 

     

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