Illustration of Little Amal gazing at collage of maps, birds, footsteps and a silhouette of a family walking along a landscape

The final day of MIF21 saw the Festival present A Sleeping Child – the prelude to The Walk, a travelling festival of art and hope in support of refugees – an epic cultural journey across Europe transcending borders, politics and language. Join us again this autumn for the powerful conclusion.

The Walk is centred on Little Amal, a 3.5-metre puppet of a nine-year-old refugee girl, who in July set out from the Syria-Turkey border on an 8,000-kilometre odyssey to Manchester, in search of her mother, welcomed along the way with special events in villages, towns and cities across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Join us in November, as Little Amal ends her journey here in Manchester – a city that has long been a proud home to diverse and dynamic communities of migrants and refugees.

Little Amal represents displaced children around the world, many separated from their families and all more vulnerable than ever during the pandemic. According to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, around half of the 26 million refugees around the world are under 18, and 40% of all displaced people are children.

Created by Good Chance (The Jungle) in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company (War Horse), The Walk ends this autumn here in Manchester.


The Walk is produced by Good Chance, Stephen Daldry, David Lan and Tracey Seaward in association with Handspring Puppet Company, and is produced and presented in Manchester by Manchester International Festival.