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Children's Classic Concerts - Alien Encounter Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, March 1 Usher Hall, Edinburgh, March 2

The second Children's Classic Concert takes on the theme of Alien Encounter, under the direction of Christopher Bell. This concert will also be given in Edinburgh as part of the sponsorship provided by Standard Life.

GRCH Box Office, 0141 353 8000; Usher Hall Box Office, 0131 228 1155 Young Talent 2003 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum until March 23

An exhibition by 17 children and young people aged between nine and 17 who have autistic spectrum disorders. The work is the result of Saturday morning workshops run by practising artists at Project Ability, a Glasgow-based arts company which creates visual arts opportunities for disabled people. The exhibition features responses to the workshops in a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to digital animations.

Firebird concert

Animateur Andrew Cruickshank, composer Stuart MacRae, writer Viviene Grahame and six musicians from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are to work with children in three Glasgow primary schools - Barrowfield, Sacred Heart and St Anne's. The children will be involved in a creative music and song-writing project inspired by Stravinsky's 'Firebird Suite', with a concert on March 14 for parents, families and invited guests, featuring the music prepared by the children and a performance of Stravinsky's version by the SSO.

Contact Naheed Cruickshank, 0141 339 3309

Glasgow Museums annual art competition

Schools are invited to visit any Glasgow museum between now and June 6 2003 to get inspiration for their annual art competition to win gold, silver and bronze medals.

There are two categories - the first is to represent a work by drawing or painting and must be completed within three hours. The other can be a group entry that starts with an initial drawing at the gallery, from which a designed object should be created back at school. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is to close from June 30 to undergo a two-and-a-half-year refurbishment, so that might be a good place to start.

Work will be judged in five bands: pre-5, P1-P3, P4-P7, S1-S3, S4-S6 Anne Wallace, museums education officer, tel: 0141 287

Edinburgh Festivals Youth Development Fund

Funding worth pound;300,000 has been awarded to new projects dreamt up by 10 Edinburgh festivals. At the launch Dr Elaine Murray, deputy minister for tourism, culture and sport, complimented the festival organisers on their innovative schemes.

Imaginate, the Scottish International Children's Festival, is offering two trainees the opportunity to learn all about the performing arts for children both at home and abroad. Director Tony Reekie says the trainees will be based at Imaginate but work with a range of organisations to develop their skills.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is trying to boost audiences among the 15-26 age group. With support from the fund, the festival team intends to conduct market research into youth reading.

Liz Hughes, EIBF marketing and PR manager, tel: 0131 228 5444

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