A PROMENADE performance featuring costumes inspired by Mackintosh paintings are a dramatic addition to the Creative Mackintosh Festival.

The first major exhibition devoted to the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the Hunterian and Glasgow School of Art walking tours will also feature in the month-long programme of arts and cultural events celebrating the life and genius of Glasgow's most famous architect, designer and artist.

Now in its third year and running throughout October, the festival will take place at Mackintosh venues around the city.

New locations have also been added, including Glasgow Women's Library, Provand's Lordship, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, in Nitshill, The Glad Café, in Shawlands, and Lyon & Turnbull auction house, in Bath Street.

Mackintosh Architecture at The Hunterian will be the first major exhibition devoted to his architecture with more than 80 drawings, many never before exhibited, on show alongside specially commiss-ioned film, models and rarely seen archive material.

The Glad Café will feature a lecture by Roger Bilcliffe, Scotland's foremost art critic, who will talk about Mackintosh's life and work in the south of France.

Lyon & Turnbull will be the home of talks and events and show furniture, paintings and objects by Mackintosh and his contemporaries, not generally on display to the public.

Mackintosh Stained Glass will be hosted by Linda Cannon, an associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters at Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

Ian Elder, chairman of Glasgow Mackintosh, said: "We are thrilled to be running a month-long programme of arts and cultural events.

"It's with great pleasure we have added new venues as this allows us to widen the audience, both on a local and international level.

"The festival offers opportunities to appreciate his buildings, art and design work. Many of the objects are only being displayed during the festival."