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Walk with Amal is inspirational: Amal is coming to UK 19 October to 3 November 2021, stopping at Folkestone, Canterbury, London, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester.
Updated 5 July 2021: There will be a public launch event in Manchester on 18 July 2021: ‘A Sleeping Child‘ in Manchester:
A young girl won’t go to sleep. She is anxious. She plays with her puppet, trying to distract herself, but the memories of the old land keep her awake.
A lullaby is heard. It spreads through the city. She falls asleep. The puppet slips from her hand and all the way into her past…
The Walk is officially launched in Manchester, United Kingdom with this prelude to Little Amal’s epic journey in partnership with MIF.
Keep in touch with events around Little Amal’s walk: https://www.walkwithamal.org/events/
We believe in the power of little girls to make a big impact. Little Amal represents a hope too BIG to ignore.
The attention Little Amal will get will be harnessed into life-changing action by The Walk’s many international humanitarian partners, including Choose Love, International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNHCR, Emergency, Amnesty International France, Safe Passage and The Syria Campaign. (View all Partners)
One little girl. One BIG hope.
Little Amal, a young refugee, embarks on a remarkable journey – an epic voyage that will take her across Turkey, across Europe. To find her mother. To get back to school. To start a new life. Will the world let her? Can she achieve what now seems more impossible than ever?
Following the phenomenal international success of The Jungle, Good Chance, in collaboration with world-famous creators of War Horse Handspring Puppet Company, will present its most extraordinary work yet: The Walk – a travelling festival of art and hope in support of refugees, with Artistic Direction from Amir Nizar Zuabi.
In 2021, from the Syria-Turkey border all the way to the UK, The Walk will bring together celebrated artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organisations to create one of the most innovative and adventurous public artworks ever attempted.
At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will travel over 8,000km embodying the urgent message “Don’t forget about us”.
At this time of unprecedented global change, The Walk is an extraordinary artistic response: a cultural odyssey transcending borders, politics and language to tell a new story of shared humanity – and to ensure the world doesn’t forget the millions of displaced children, each with their own story, who are more vulnerable than ever during the global pandemic.
Little Amal urgently needs your help to advocate for and support young refugees. Please support The Walk by donating today.
4 July 2021: Guardian: Meet Little Amal, the puppet girl refugee about to walk 8,000km
Later this month, in one of the most ambitious live artworks ever staged, a giant puppet will trek from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester, in a moving-theatre show of solidarity with asylum seekers
On the last Tuesday of July, a big little girl will step out into a Turkish city, a few miles from the Syrian border, to begin an 8,000km trek to Manchester. Little Amal is nine years old and is searching for her mother, who went off to find food and never returned. She is the central, and only, character in a spectacularly ambitious theatre project. The Walk will face down international Covid restrictions in a visionary act of solidarity with the plight of refugees, defiance of the borders that put their lives in danger, and belief in the humanity of ordinary people faced with a global humanitarian crisis.
Little Amal’s intercontinental odyssey will be hard to miss in the eight countries whose borders she will cross between July and November, because she is 3.5 metres (nearly 12 feet) tall. She’s a puppet, who will be enabled to make her epic walk by relays of puppeteers, several of whom are themselves refugees. She will bear a single message, on behalf of all the thousands of displaced children who will come out to meet her along the way: “Don’t forget about us.”