A giant eleven-foot animatronic puppet which was used as the centrepiece of a performance art project called The Walk last year is set to visit Bradford next week.
Little Amal is heading to Bradford at the start of World Refugee Week on Monday.
Little Amal has captured the imaginations of thousands since she came to the UK last year.
She will visit Bradford City Park at 1pm on Monday 20 June to experience the joy of literature. Gifts will be passed onto Little Amal to gift to children in Leeds as she continues her walk across the UK.
Bradford Literature Festival will welcome Little Amal to City Park for poetry performances and craft activities on Monday as the countdown to the start of the literature festival begins.
Her visit to Bradford, which last month won the competition to be named the UK’s City of Culture for 2025, is part of her journey across the country to meet new friends.
Bradford Council is a Local Authority of Sanctuary, a movement of local councils who are working to create a culture of welcome, inclusion and empowerment for people seeking sanctuary. It has also been a City of Sanctuary for 12 years.
Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of The Walk. Since July 2021 she has travelled over 8,000km in support of refugees.
The 3.5 metre-tall living artwork of a young Syrian refugee child has walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.
Cllr Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “Bradford Council is delighted to welcome Little Amal on World Refugee Day to meet some of our young people of the district as part of Bradford Literature Festival.
“As a local authority and a City of Sanctuary, we are particularly proud that Little Amal is visiting us as we continually work to welcome and support all those seeking sanctuary in our neighbourhoods and communities.”
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk, said: “As the invasion of Ukraine began the whole world, governments and citizens, proved that when we’re willing to respond to the urgent needs of refugees we can accomplish astonishing feats of compassion and generosity.
“New Steps, New Friends, Amal’s Walk through England in June will remind us that, if we choose, we can welcome and care for all refugees, regardless of their skin colour, their religion or their background.”