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LONDON TO WELCOME LITTLE AMAL

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22 October 2021 to 25 October 2021 London

Arts, culture and humanitarian organisations across London are coming together to welcome Little Amal when she visits the capital from 22 – 25 October as part of The Walk, a travelling festival of hope created by Good Chance Theatre and Handspring Puppet Company. The puppet of a 9-year-old Syrian refugee girl is travelling to Manchester from the Syrian border in search of her mother, shining a light on the stories of the millions of displaced refugee children she represents.  At this time of multiple crises, her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”. 

Events include:

  • A journey through the City and along the South Bank with free events at St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the National Theatre, Somerset House and the Southbank Centre
  • An evening vigil at the Royal Opera House, where Little Amal will sleep for the night
  • Little Amal’s 10th birthday party at the V&A involving children from across London with a birthday cake by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • A birthday celebration concert at Roundhouse
  • Hundreds of 9-year old children welcome Little Amal to Lewisham, the UK’s first Borough of Sanctuary and The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022

The Walk is a 4-month long 8,000 km journey made by Little Amal across Europe in search of her mother.  It began near the Turkey/Syria border on 27 July. Having travelled through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France, she will arrive in the UK on 19 October. Each village, town and city she visits along the way welcomes Little Amal with major new arts commissions, city-wide community performances as well as intimate events involving people of all ages.

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