Walpurgisnacht: Folklore & Popular Culture Online Event 4/29/21

This online class explores the folklore surrounding Walpurgisnacht and its representation in popular culture.

Date and time

  • Thu, April 29, 2021
  • 7:30 pm PDT – 8:45 pm PDT


Online Event

About this Event

Walpurgisnacht, the evening of the 30th of April, is said to be one of the holiest days of witch’s calendar; the night before the feast of Saint Walpurga, who drove the witches out of Germany. Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, declared Walpurgisnacht one of the holiest days of the Satanic year. It was said that on this evening, covens of witches would gather on Brocken mountain in Northern Germany, to weave their nefarious evil. With instructor Mikel Koven, this class explores the folklore surrounding Walpurgisnacht and its representation in popular culture, including the poetry of Goethe, the music of Mendelssohn, the folk rock/folk metal sounds of Faun, and of course the films of Paul Naschy. How does all this fit together? Only the witches know and will reveal all on Walpurgisnacht 2021.

About the Instructor

Mikel J Koven is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Film Studies at the University of Worcester. He is the author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film (2006), Film, Folklore & Urban Legends (2008), and Blaxploitation Cinema (2010). He frequently publishes on topics about the relationship between folklore and horror cinema.

Please note these are live events – they cannot be watched later, so please be sure you are available at the time and time zone the classes are being offered in before registering. All sales are final, and we will not give refunds to people who miss classes because of the time zones, and changes in time from standard to daylight savings. Classes curated by Miskatonic Los Angeles are in Pacific Time. If you are ever unsure, a quick way to check is the Miskatonic website.

About the Miskatonic Institute

Founded by Film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse in 2010, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies offers classes in horror history, theory and production, with branches in London, New York and Los Angeles, as well as hosting special events worldwide.

You can obtain tickets to this event on Eventbrite and it only costs US $10.

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