Little Amal is the 12 foot puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee child at the heart of The Walk.

She has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees.

Since July 2021, Amal has travelled to 160 towns and cities in 16 countries. She has been welcomed by two million people on the streets and by tens of millions online. In each community that she visits, thousands of artists and civil society and faith leaders have created 440 unique events for her. Her journeys are moments of art and hope that draw attention to the enormous numbers of children fleeing war, violence and persecution, each with their own story. Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.

After completing her walk from Belfast, Amal will be journeying through Dublin city on Thursday, 23rd May, and Friday, 24th May. Four family-friendly cultural and historical events have been planned for her, including a visit to City Hall, The International Literature Festival Dublin at Merrion Square Park, a walk by The River Liffey, Custom House Quay, sean-nós at the Famine Memorial, uileann pipes at the Poverty Stone, with a farewell at Sunset on the Beckett Bridge. The program includes performances from Branar Theatre Co & Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Junk Ensemble, Jiggy, Tonnta Voices and the New Brass Kings.

Little Amal events

Little Amal’s journeys are produced by The Walks Productions, a renowned organisation dedicated to promoting cultural and artistic events, in association with Handspring Puppet Company, a world-leading puppetry company. Little Amal’s walk from Belfast to Dublin is an initiative of Dublin City Council and Belfast City of Culture, produced by Artsekta, CackleMGMT, and Archetype, all respected organisations in the arts and culture sector. Special thanks go to, Dublin City Hall, International Literature Festival, the Department of Housing, and EPIC Museum for their support.