A 3.5 metre tall puppet of a nine-year-old girl called Little Amal will travel more than 8,000 kilometres across Turkey and Europe in search of her mother.
The theatre project, dubbed The Walk, is being delivered by Good Chance Theatre, in association with Handstring Puppet Company, the world-famous creators of War Horse.
The Walk will bring together celebrated artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organisations to create one of the most adventurous public artworks ever attempted, culminating in a large-scale outdoor participatory event at Manchester International Festival (MIF) in July 2021.
Little Amal will travel from the Turkey-Syria border through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France to reach the UK, shining a light on the stories of the refugee children she represents. The Walk will visit more than 70 cities, towns and villages, who will welcome Little Amal with music, dance and street parades.
An education programme will run in tandem with The Walk’s artistic events. Before, during and after her journey, Little Amal will connect with young people from refugee and non- refugee communities through creative learning projects, developed specifically for each location.
In the UK, The Walk project will be supported by Manchester International Festival, Canterbury Cathedral, Counterpoint Arts, Mayor of London, National Theatre, Roundhouse, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and Shubbak Festival.
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