Walk with Amal Toronto
‘Walk with Amal Toronto’ is produced by The Walk Productions and Luminato Festival Toronto in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Banner photo by Lizzie Coombes.
A refugee child arrives in Toronto all by herself looking for her mother and a home. What should we do?
Let’s welcome Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, who has travelled through 13 countries to 90 cities across Turkey, Europe and New York City. She arrives in Toronto on June 7. She will walk across the region for 5 days looking for hope and her new home. She will be welcomed by musicians, dancers, children and elders, civic leaders, community organizers, newcomers, fellow refugees and you in a journey of art and hope.
Greet her, walk with her, offer words of wisdom and cheers of encouragement. See the world through the eyes of a child who was forced to leave her war-torn home. On behalf of displaced children everywhere, she asks that we take note, offer support and hear her message to the world: “Don’t forget about us”.
Amal’s visit to Toronto will be a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Learn more about Amal’s story with the Little Amal Education and Activity Kit.
Little Amal Education and Activity Kit
The Little Amal Education and Activity Kit has been created to support and invite various levels of engagement for school and community groups.
Developed by education and arts practitioners, the Kit encourages young people, families and community members to participate meaningfully and creatively with Amal’s story through 6 core themes:
Home – place, relationships, identity;
Migration – animals, people and ideas;
Fear – facing fears, mindfulness;
Climate – climate change impact, young activists;
Adventure – exploring the unknown, adventure stories;
Welcome – rituals and ceremonies.
Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak*
*Luminato is deeply grateful for Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak’s vision in making the inaugural gift to the Walk with Amal Toronto campaign.
Ian and Kiki Delaney C.M.
Joan and Jerry Lozinski
The Rossy Foundation
Sandra and Jim Pitblado
The Azrieli Foundation
Additional Thanks to:
Phil and Eli Taylor
Susanne Boyce and Brendan Mullen
Don Schmitt and Cheryl Atkinson
The Hospital for Sick Children
Cheryl and Rob McEwen, C.M.
Lucille and Urban Joseph
J.P. Bickell Foundation
Tim and Frances Price
In Collaboration With
Casa Cultural Colombiana
CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture)
City Newcomer Office
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
FCJ Refugee Centre
Greenwood Community Centre
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
The Learning Education Foundation (LEF)
Local Arts Service Organisations (LASOs)
Local Immigration Partnership Services (LIPS)
Peel District School Board
Small World Music
Syrian Canadian Foundation
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Public Library
YMCA Newcomer Youth Leadership Programme
York University Centre for Refugee Studies