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Looking for a cheap thrill(er) on a Friday afternoon? The National Film Theatre will be screening Dracula classics, celebrating the 100th birthday of Bram Stoker's notorious vampire (pictured above). Don't miss the first ever technicolor Dracula production, or Abbott and Costello's superbly absurd encounter with Frankenstein.

National Film Theatre , London SE1 (0171-928 3232)

Meanwhile, the Swansea Festival, Wales' largest and most prestigious performing arts festival has this year adopted a Viennese theme. The stunning cast of celebrated orchestras, conductors and soloists includes the London Philharmonic and Welsh soprano Anne Evans. 4-25 Oct (call 01792 475715 for details)

Sure to be a fascinating insight into the changing socio-economic climate of South Africa, the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh is exhibiting a diverse collection of 10 of South Africa's finest contemporary artists. Until 1 Nov

Good news for enthusiasts of the increasingly popular Bollywood movies as annual ethnic film festival, Bite The Mango, continues to promote the work of South Asian film-makers with a variety of lectures, workshops and retrospective screenings. National Museum of Photography, Film and TV, Bradford. To 11 Oct

And still going strong, the compelling Irish singer Mary Black tonight begins her 26-date UK Shine Tour starting at Bristol Colston Hall. (0117 922 3686) To 8 Nov

Finally, The Stamp Collection Cookbook (Ebury Press pounds 19.99) is a long- awaited blessing for the staggering 20 per cent of the UK population suffering from food allergies. Terence Stamp shares his recipes for snacks free of common irritants like wheat and salt. He will be talking and signing books at the Lyttleton Theatre, RNT, London tonight at 6pm (0171-928 2252)

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