July to November 2021 One little girl. One BIG hope.
Little Amal, a young refugee, embarks on a remarkable journey – an epic voyage that will take her across Turkey, across Europe. To find her mother. To get back to school. To start a new life. Will the world let her? Can she achieve what now seems more impossible than ever?
Following the phenomenal international success of The Jungle, Good Chance, in collaboration with world-famous creators of War Horse Handspring Puppet Company, will present its most extraordinary work yet: The Walk – a traveling festival of art and hope in support of refugees, with Artistic Direction from Amir Nizar Zuabi.
In 2021, from the Syria-Turkey border all the way to the UK, The Walk will bring together celebrated artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organizations to create one of the most innovative and adventurous public artworks ever attempted.
At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 meter-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will travel over 8,000km embodying the urgent message “Don’t forget about us”.
At this time of unprecedented global change, The Walk is an extraordinary artistic response: a cultural odyssey transcending borders, politics and language to tell a new story of shared humanity – and to ensure the world doesn’t forget the millions of displaced children, each with their own story, who are more vulnerable than ever during the global pandemic.
Little Amal urgently needs your help to advocate for and support young refugees.
In Greece, Chios will be the first to welcome her on August 10 at the Chios Port and main square, but from the previous day (August 9) the cinema at the Perivoli art cafe will show two films about the place she left behind, while on the day of Little Amal's arrival on the island, the local communities will welcome her, singing traditional "Penemata", - but written especially for her - full of wishes for her journey.
On August 27, she will visit Ioannina and the Katsika refugee camp where fifteen hundred luminous messages will show her the way to center of the city, while on August 28th he will be "lost" inside the Castle and will be on the stage of the Its Calle castle in a music and dance performance.
The following day, on August 29, Trikala awaits her where she will be greeted by one hundred and fifty huge flowers to accompany her through the city. Amal continues her walk to Larissa, so on August 31st she will attend an interactive concert that will bring three hundred puppets to life.
Two days later, on September 1st, she will descend to Eleusis where she will be welcomed by teenagers who will reveal to her the "mysteries' ' of their city. After saying goodbye to Eleusis, on September 2nd he will visit Athens, where he will stay for two whole days. In the big city, in order not to lose her way, she will tie a thread to a lamppost, leaving traces of her path as she walks through the city. When she comes face to face with the mythical Minotaur she will overcome her fears and become friends with him, thus gaining courage for her next steps.
On September 3rd, she will be in an open space installation with images from dreams or even nightmares from the place she left behind. She is looking for a shelter, and she finds it at her last stop in Piraeus, on the 4th and 5th of September. The Piraeus Municipal Theater opens the door to her and offers her a sweet lullaby. A thousand birds will say goodbye to her in the morning at the harbor with wishes for her long journey that continues to Italy. the pure and simple meaning of humanity. This is a unique event - rare of its kind really - for which many people, artists, workshops, groups, organizations and organizations in many and different parts of Greece collaborate, to offer joy, support and hope.
In addition, the "One Step Ahead" educational program works in parallel with the artistic activities of the Journey. Before, after and during her journey, Little Amal connects young people through creative learning programs, helping them to create lifelong friendships. In Greece, the works of all the educational programs that started in January 2021, will be presented in three exhibitions starting from 27/8: at the D. Hatzis Cultural Center in the city of Ioannina, at the Leonidas Kanellopoulos Cultural Center of Elefsina and the Hellenic Children's Museum in Athens.
"The Walk" is a production of Good Chance Theatre, the theater organization that creates pioneering public spectacles ("The Jungle" show Young Vic, 2017), with the participation of famous artists, major cultural institutions, social groups and humanitarian organizations. This is exactly what happens with the ambitious and full of nice surprises spectacle "The WALK", in which he collaborates with the multi-award winning producer and director Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot, The Hours), the writer and theater producer David Lan , London 2012 Olympic Games producer Tracey Seaward, and Handspring Puppet Company (War Horse), South Africa's leading puppet makers who have been performing theater for adults and children for over four decades. The Artistic Director of the Festival is Amir Nizar Zuabi, an award-winning playwright and director who served as Deputy Director of the Young Vic Theatre, is an Honorary Member of the Union of European Theaters and a graduate of the Theater Program of the Sundance Institute. The director Yolanda Markopoulou is the producer and artistic partner of "The Walk" for Greece.
Art Direction: Amir Nizar Zuabi
Producer for Greece: Yolanda Markopoulou
Line Production: POLYPLANITY Productions
Technical Director: Nikos Charalampidis
Educational Program Manager: Dafni Kalafati
Educational Program Organization: Konstantina Georgiou
Translator: Menelaos Kyparissis
Hospitality Manager: Lora Spiliotakou
Communication Managers for Greece: MSCOMM, Elina Lazaridou
Art + Culture vs Xenophobia, ASB, Athens Comic Library, Blossom, Brasilionico Grupo Percussivo, Burger Project, Caravan Project, Chóres tis Marina Satti, Common Ground, El Systema Greece, Habibi Works, LA Comics Festival, LAIKART Artist Group, mind the fact , Perivoli, Photometria Festival, Quilombo, Second Tree, Solidarity Now, Spark projects, Station Athens Theater Group, Tanween Theater and Dance Company, The Home Project, UNICEF, Deputy Mayor of Culture & Science of the Municipality of Larisa, ARSIS, Vyssinokipos, Municipality of Athens, Municipality of Trikkaia, Municipality of Hersonissos Crete, Municipality of Chios, Municipal Theater of Piraeus, Municipal Theater of Trikala, Municipal Puppet theater TIRITOMBA, Network for the Rights of the Child, Delos Drama School, Elefsina - European Capital of Culture 2023, Hellenic Children's Museum, "Migratory Birds" Newspaper, Thessalian Theatre, Ekaterina Laskaridis Foundation, Kinitiras Performing Arts Network, Epirus Youth Center, Film Club Chios, Social EKAV, Immigrant Sunday School Piraeus, Melissa: Network of Migrant Women in Greece, NGO AMAKA, NGO METAdrasis, Silversmithing Museum, Doll Museum, Tsitsani Museum, Chios Music School, Chios Music Festival, Alenti' Music Group, Biennale of Western Balkans (BOWB ), "Antrala" Puppet Theater Group, Grasshopper Youth Group, SOS Children's Villages Greece, Panhellenic Network for Theater in Education, University of Thessaly - Pedagogical Department of Preschool Education, Spiritual Center of the Municipality of Ioannina, Polyphonic Ensemble Anassa, Prassein Aloga, Program "What if it was you" - Panhellenic Network for Theater in Education in collaboration with United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens, The Tree of Knowledge, The Greek Center of the International Puppet Theater Union (UNIMA Hellas), Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Chios, Chorologion, Choirs of Chios Associations.
Joe Tornabene, Mey Saifan, Rafal Habel-Bloodgood, Waad al-Kateab, Angeliki Gounaridis, Andrianna Neamoniti, Alexandros Monokandilos, Alexandros Papageorgopoulos, Alexandros Rizopoulos, Alexis Kotsopoulos, Aliki Abdelopoulou, Anastasia Koumidou, Antigoni Gyra, Antonella Khira, Artemis Lampiri, Artemis Papageorgiou, Asimina Anastasopoulou, Aphrodite Verveniotis, Vassilis Kalfakis, Yiannis Panagopoulos, Yolanda Kaperda, Giorgis Iordanidis Grammatikou, Giorgis Christodoulou, Danae Tombrou, Despina Karouta, Dimitris Haulidis, Dimos Klimenof, Irini Efstathiou, Elena Marsidou, Elena Hounda, Eleni Zarafidou, Eleni Zahopoulou, Eleni Moleski, Eleni Panagiotou, Erato Sioropoulou, Erato Tzavara, Evi Aresti, Zeta Sakelariou, Thanasis Axenopoulos, Katerina Bekou, Katerina Skiada, Kostas Gakis, Kostas Giaxoglou, Kostis Emanuilidis, Lefteris Veniadis, Maria Gadetsaki, Maria Stamataki, Maria Tahou, Marina Liontou-Mochament, Melina Masha, Babis Kostidakis, Natassa Kosmidou, Pantelis Agistriotis, Sania Stribakou, Sonia Dova, Sofia Vgenopoulou, Sofia Pashou, Spyros Angelopoulos, Stathis Markopoulos, Stamatis Pasopoulos, Stelios Karagiorgos, Stefania Avramidou, Stratis Vogiatzis, Sokratis Pappas, Taxiarchis Vasilakos, Tina Tzoka, Fotini Kaloudi, Chara Tzoka, Christina Kritharis, Christina Stouraiti , Christos Theodorou and many more. The contribution of all teachers, children, teenagers and volunteers from all host cities was invaluable.