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The Grey Gallery Presents

Little Sparta and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

25th, 26th, 27th August 2009 - 7pm (dates to be confirmed)

The Grey Gallery at Hawke and Hunter
12 Picardy Place
Contact 0044 (0)7910 359 087 for tickets

As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2009 The Grey Gallery presents Little Sparta and The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Little Sparta, named in tribute to the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, perform their unique score to Lotte Reiniger’s legendary and mesmerising The Adventures of Prince Achmed. This pioneering film, made in 1926, is the world’s oldest animated feature and uses the silhouette animation technique invented by Reiniger to create a magical world of filigree backgrounds and intricately jointed figures. These tell the story, taken from the Arabian Nights, of Prince Achmed and his magical horse.

Although the original negative of the film was destroyed at the end of the Second World War, an almost complete version was preserved in the BFI’s National Film & Television Archive and has been restored by German and British archivists using surviving nitrate prints and with the original tinted backgrounds. This version will be screened to the accompaniment of Little Sparta’s live performance.

The music performed here is not intended as a narrative score to the film but is meant as an empathetic response to the visual experience.

Little Sparta are guitarist Alan Boyd of the Gruesomes and St Just Vigilantes, violinist Susie Honeyman of the Mekons and accompanist to the late Vivian Stanshall, and the Glaswegian drummer Scott Skinner. The band are based in London and have released several records working with singers and poets including the Glaswegian ranter Gerry Mitchell. Little Sparta and Sally Timms was released by Grey Gallery Records in 2008.

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The Grey Gallery acknowledges the generous support of Hawke & Hunter and Studio DuB.

The Grey Gallery is participating in the 2009 Edinburgh Art Festival. The EAF is Scotland’s largest celebration of visual art and runs this year from 5 August to 5 September. For further information on the Festival please visit, contact or telephone +44 (0) 782 533 6782.

For further information please contact:

Susie Honeyman 00 44 (0)7910 359 087 or email