Little Amal Arts Walk will bring great hope to millions of refugees


Between July and November 2021, one of the most ambitious public art projects comes to life in the body of Little Amal, a 3.5-meter puppet depicting a fictional nine-year-old Syrian girl. During the march, while the four-month event (July 27-November 3) is titled, Little Amal will travel from the Turkish-Syrian border to Gaziantep in Manchester, UK, to highlight the crisis in refugees. She is looking for her mother and tries to raise funds for refugees in Europe. She would also like to go back to school. The journey will take her through Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and finally the United Kingdom.

It has been called a “traveling festival of art and hope” for refugees and brings together famous artists, major cultural institutions, religious leaders, schools, community groups and humanitarian organizations. New artist commissions and new events have been announced over 8,000 km of routes, involving more than 250 partners and artists. Partners include Manchester International Festival, National Theater, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House, Roundhouse, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Izmir International Puppet Days, Balkan Biennial Westerners – BoWB, UNIMA Greece, the Municipal Theater of Piraeus, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Teatro di Roma, MAXXI Museo, Institut du Monde Arabe, La Villette, La Criée Théâtre National de Marseille, BOZAR Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre National Wallonie -Brussels, La Monnaie, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Sommerblut Festival in Cologne.

The public can follow Little Amal’s journey online and attend local events. In every village, town or town she visits, she will be greeted with major new art commissions, city-wide community performances and intimate events. Little Amal’s journey begins in Gaziantep with an outdoor light installation of Qanadil lanterns. Slowly, one lantern at a time, the city will light up, revealing a path of light to follow. In Cesme (western Turkey), she will follow a path of empty shoes that will lead her to the beach. The art installation – created by the K2 Contemporary Art Center – represents the thousands of people who lost their lives during the perilous sea crossing.

In Ioannina, Greece, partners from Greece and beyond will come together to bridge the seven-kilometer gap between bustling Ioannina town center and Katsikas refugee camp, with an outdoor installation of lights and words . Alone in Athens, little Amal is afraid of getting lost. She ties a bright red woolen thread to a lamppost and leaves a mark as she walks around the city. Face to face with a minotaur puppet created by UNIMA-HELLAS, she must decide if she will face her fear and befriend the beast. In Bari (Italy), little Amal is greeted by a large puppet from an Italian Nonna (grandmother), who shares some wisdom on how to overcome obstacles she might face in the rest of her journey. ..

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