12th October 2007 at 01:00
Food, music, film and story-telling all feature in a celebration at the Glasgow Film Theatre this weekend on the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade (October 14).

Taking place during Black History Month, Sugar Spice Sunday is a free event, running from 11.30am-10.30pm, with tickets available from the GFT in Rose Street on the day. The programme begins with a series of performances and workshops aimed at children and families.

"African Drumming and Storytelling", for instance, features the sounds and rhythms of the infectiously enthusiastic Glasgow group Partick Beat, accompanied by Ewan McVicar of the Scottish Storytelling Centre and some glove puppets.

Next up, at 12.25pm, is Kirikou and the Sorceress, a U-certificate animated adventure inspired by the folk stories of Senegal, with a soundtrack by Youssou N'Dour.

A 12.30pm screening of Amazing Grace, the 2006 film based on the life of anti slavery pioneer William Wilberforce (PG certificate), will be preceded by a talk on Glas- gow's role in the slave trade and followed by a performance from the Glasgow Gospel Choir, featuring its version of "Amazing Grace".

Other events on Sugar Spice Sunday include a talk and discussion on slavery in the 21st century; a workshop led by a master of Brazilian capoeira (a dance form created by slaves in the 19th century) and films with subject matter ranging from a black American model experiencing plantation life in the West Indies, to hip-hop and street life in present-day Johannesburg in Rize.

At the heart of African culture is food, and Haitian American Peggy Brunache, now based in Perth with her Scottish husband, will present a talk and tastings on the history of soul food, starting at 6pm.

Further information from the Glasgow Anti Racist Alliance on www.gara.org.uk and the GFT T 0141 332 8128

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