Little Amal’s long search for a place to call home is nearly over: it’s led her to Manchester, a city with a proud history of embracing migrants and refugees. She is a 3.5 metre tall puppet of a nine-year-old refugee girl, who is currently walking from the Syria-Turkey border, through 65 towns, cities and villages. Since July she has been welcomed by artists and communities at over 120 events in a remarkable journey across Europe that culminates with this powerful finale at Castlefield Bowl on 3 November. She represents the millions of displaced children who, just like her, have been separated from their families and are 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. The Walk is an extraordinary artistic response, produced and presented in Manchester by Manchester International Festival and a truly impressive team of creative individuals including theatre and film director Simon Stone (The Dig, Yerma): this is a cultural odyssey transcending borders, politics and language to tell a new story of shared humanity. The finale of Little Amal’s walk is free, but booking is required via the link below.

Wed 3 Nov, Castlefield Bowl,
Rice St, Manchester M3 4JR
, FREE but booking is required. Priority booking opens at 10am on 13 Oct, general tickets 10am 14 Oct.
mif.co.uk/whats-on/the-walk
Words:
Suzy Prince
Published on:
Tue 2 Nov 2021