Get set for Halloween this evening at Manchester Art Gallery with a particularly spooky installment of their late night opening season. Opportunities for freaking yourself out abound. Start by chatting to a real life Viking (re-enactment person) before tuning into a talk by curator Hannah Williamson about Frank Dicksee’s 1893 painting The Death of a Viking. Its lively imagery was adopted by Swedish black metal band, Bathory, back in the 1990s as a fitting album cover, so you get some idea of the content. A screening of the Eccentronic Research Council’s film (and album), 1612 Underture, about the Pendle Witch Trials and starring acclaimed actress-turned-vocalist, Maxine Peake (see our preview) is another potential heart-stopper. Haunting sounds will be provided by DJs, and you can pick up blood-curdling illustrations by Savwo and scary sounds from the Finders Keepers back catalogue while you are at it.

Thu 25 Oct, Manchester Art Gallery, Moseley Street, M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888, 6-8.45pm, FREE,

Ruth Allan
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Tue 23 Oct 2012