Little Amal – a 3.5 metre puppet of a Syrian girl refugee, will be coming to Bristol this week as part of an 8,000km journey from the border of Syria and Turkey.
She is set to walk across 10 locations in England as part of her journey, which will see her travel on to Stonehenge, London, Canterbury and Folkestone after her Bristol visit.
Her New Steps, New Friends tour, takes place during World Refugee week 2022. Little Amal has come to be an international symbol of human rights, representing millions of refugee children, including those who have been separated from families.
Her walk is created by a team of ten puppeteers, including some from refugee backgrounds. Each time she walks it takes the talents of three puppeteers as well as a stilt walker. She is made from moulded cane and carbon fibre.
A series of events will be taking place at the Bristol Old Vic as well as the surrounding areas Little Amal will walk.
There will be a free puppet workshop for children, music from syrian musicians, poetry, the Bristol Old Vic Community Choir, DMAC UK drummning and act, Bristol Samba and a Somalian children’s theatre group.
Little Amal will arrive at the Bristol Old Vic at 4.30pm on Friday 24 June 2022 before walking around central Bristol. She will depart at 6pm on Cascade Steps.
More information about the events and the walk can be found here: https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/bristol-welcomes-little-amal
Photo: The Walk Productions and Justin Sutcliffe