A SCARY line-up of free events will take place throughout Greenock as part of the annual Galoshans Festival.

The packed festival programme - from October 25 to November 1 - includes contemporary arts exhibition, three spellbinding productions at the Beacon Arts Centre, audio visual and sculptural installations, street performances, live music, theatre, film and workshops activities for all across Inverclyde’s public spaces and venues.

The centrepiece of the festival, which will celebrate the bicentenary of local son and world-renowned engineer James Watt, is the Galoshans parade and street party on Sunday October 27 at 5.30pm.

Greenock based arts charity RIG Arts are leading on the delivery of Galoshans Festival in collaboration with a consortium of partners who have secured funding from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and EventScotland.

Paul Bush OBE said: “EventScotland is delighted to support Galoshans through the National Programme fund, helping to grow Scotland’s events offering outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

"Scotland is the perfect stage, both for Halloween celebrations and community-minded events such as this and Galoshans looks set to provide a packed week of creativity and fun for the people Greenock and the surrounding area.”

The festival will launch on Friday October 25 with the opening of the 'Innovation and Light' contemporary art exhibition at the Tobacco Warehouse, accompanied by live music from James Grant and Lola in Slacks.

Inverclyde Culture Day takes place on Saturday October 26 as local community groups showcase their creativity and the streets come alive with performance from Nunah Street Theatre, Originate Dance Company, Surge and Kayos Youth Theatre.

In addition, there will be free prop making workshops every Sunday until October 20 at the Tobacco Warehouse.

As the grand finale to the festival, Glasgow based Cryptic, present an event in Greenock as part of Sonica - Tobacco Warehouse Takeover on November 1 in collaboration with the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

The audience can expect an exceptional night of experimental music.

For the full programme of events go to the website www.GaloshansFestival.com