A refugee child arrives in Adelaide. She is tired, hungry, a little frightened. How do we welcome her?
Little Amal is a 3.5-metre puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who has become global symbol of human rights. She began her journey in 2021 walking from the Syria-Türkiye border to the United Kingdom. Since then, she has travelled to 15 countries, been welcomed by two million people on the street and connected with tens of millions online. Little Amal comes to Australia for the first time to join us at the 2024 Adelaide Festival.
Amal’s walks are travelling festivals of wonder, hope and art that draw attention to the millions of children fleeing war, violence and persecution around the world. She invites us to see the world through the eyes of a child forced to flee her home and asks us all to hear her message: “Don’t forget about us.” Since she started walking, she has raised $1 million for The Amal Fund with Choose Love, providing urgently-needed support for refugee and displaced children in many countries.
In Adelaide, Little Amal will participate in a number of free activities, including a welcome at Festival Plaza, joining Port Adelaide Football Club supporters before an AFL game, visiting a school, walking down Rundle Mall and participating inFloods of Fire. The full schedule will be shared closer to the date.
Be part of Little Amal’s journey and join us for three days of art, community and celebration in Adelaide over the final Festival weekend from Fri 15 – Sun 17 Mar.
Fri 15 Mar, 10am – 11am Festival Plaza Procession from Elder Park to Festival Plaza for official welcome event with Little Amal
Fri 15 Mar, 5pm – 6pm Rundle Mall Walk with Amal down Rundle Mall
Sat 16 Mar, time TBC Floods of Fire: Our Voices, Our Dreams Join Amal for this free Festival event at the University of Adelaide
Sun 17 Mar, 2:30pm - 3:30pm Adelaide Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge Little Amal crosses the Torrens with Port Adelaide Football Club fans
Little Amal was designed and built by Handspring Puppet Company, creators of the award-winning puppets for War Horse. Little Amal is produced by The Walk Productions, producers David Lan and Tracey Seaward, and artistic director Amir Nizar Zuabi, in association with Handspring Puppet Company. The Walk 2021 was a co-production with Good Chance Theatre.
Donate to The Amal Fund today to provide education, food, shelter, emergency medical care, legal assistance and much more for children like Little Amal.
Little Amal in Adelaide is generously supported by Charlie (Khalil) Shahin AO and Rob Brookman AM & Verity Laughton.
Event additional information
Artistic Director Amir Nizar Zuabi Producers David Lan& Tracey Seaward Executive Producer Sarah Loader Associate Producer Alice Evans Puppetry Director Enrico Dau Yang Wey Puppeteers Bartolomeo Bartolini, Emma Longthorne, Sebastian Charles, Nicole Baker, Mohammed Smahneh& Yukari Nishimura Production Managers Ben Kramer& Sam Moore