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One little girl. One big hope.
Little Amal is a young refugee on a remarkable journey – a three-month, 8,000-kilometre odyssey across Europe to Manchester in search of her mother. Can she achieve the impossible?
The Walk is an extraordinary travelling festival of art and hope that will reach its powerful conclusion in Manchester. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, The Walk will now start in July 2021 (date and time, TBA), and finish in Manchester in November.
The heart of The Walk is Little Amal, a 3.5-metre puppet of a nine-year-old refugee girl who will set out from the Syria-Turkey border. As she travels, she’ll be welcomed by everything from intimate community events to major city-wide performances in 70 villages, towns and cities across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK. We’ll be marking the start of Little Amal’s journey from the Turkish-Syrian border in a special event during Manchester International Festival in July 2021, before welcoming her to the city for the special event later in the year.
Created by Good Chance (The Jungle) in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, the makers of War Horse, The Walk will bring together artists, community groups, cultural institutions and humanitarian organisations to create a public artwork of astonishing ambition – an epic cultural journey transcending borders, politics and language.
Manchester (location to be announced)
Amir Nizar Zuabi Artistic Director
Handspring Puppet Company Puppet Design & Build
Craig Leo & Enrico Dau Yang Wey Puppetry Directors
Sarah Wright Puppetry Associate
Annie Symons Costume Designer
Produced by Good Chance, Stephen Daldry, David Lan and Tracey Seaward in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Produced and presented in Manchester by Manchester International Festival.