Little Amal is a 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl — and she is making her way through Los Angeles this week.
She has been traveling the world since July 2021, has visited 97 cities, and has met an estimated 1 million people along her route of 15 countries. Her tour this year is a 6,000-mile journey across the United States that began this past September in Boston and is set to conclude in San Diego on November 5, 2023.
The beloved puppet, representing “all children fleeing war, violence, and persecution,” arrives in Los Angeles from November 1 — 3, 2023. As she makes her way through the city, her goal is to show the power behind human connection and share a message of hope and solidarity with displaced people everywhere.
“Yes, refugees need food and blankets, but they also need dignity and a voice,” stated Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk last year. “The purpose of The Walk is to highlight the potential of the refugee, not just their dire circumstances. Little Amal is 3.5 metres tall because we want the world to grow big enough to greet her. We want her to inspire us to think big and to act bigger.”
Where To Find Little Amal In Los Angeles:
- Los Angeles, November 1, 2023, at 7:45 a.m.: Off To School — Amal walks to school with LA kids and families.
- Los Angeles, November 1, 2023, at 3:00 p.m.: Amal’s Ofrenda — Amal is welcomed to El Pueblo, the historic birthplace of LA.
- Pasadena, November 1, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.: In The Silence — Walking through Pasadena Amal meets a group of deaf children. Sometimes the loudest truths have no sound.
- Los Angeles, November 2, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.: Looking For Home — Walking through Skidrow Amal finds that there are many people who, like her, have no home.
- Santa Monica, November 2, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.: On The Pier — Amal is dazzled by the lights of the Santa Monica pier.
- Los Angeles, November 2, 2023, at 6:40 p.m.: Amal’s Wish — Amal joins in a moment of reflection and celebration for those who have made crossings.
- Inglewood, November 3, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.: Queen Of The Monarchs — Visionary director and choreographer Debbie Allen creates a kaleidoscope of swirling monarch butterflies, echoing Amal’s migration journey.