Walk with Amal

The Walk & Education

An arts festival under the auspices and coordination of Good Chance Theatre from the United Kingdom

 

Free internet workshops for educators and youth group facilitators

 

Walk with Amal 

A 3,5 meter high puppet with the form of a 9-year-old refugee girl will travel for 8.000 klm,
crossing Turkey and Europe, from July to November 2021.

The Walk with Amal is a mobile - peripatetic arts festival where a multitude of state, humanitarian and artistic institutions and organisations participate, from European as well as Asian countries under the auspices and coordination of Good Chance from the United Kingdom.

Amal will be walking in Greece in August-September 2021 (specific dates will be announced), in a great march which in our country will set off from Chios island, will continue to Piraeus, Athens, Eleusina, Larissa, Trikala and will conclude in Ioannina and Igoumenitsa before departing for Italy. 

In every stop, we are planning to cooperate closely with the artistic community of each place and the scheduling and hosting of events which will showcase the cultural wealth of the city and will promote it to the international audience that follows closely Amal's walk in person or online.

For more on the international project, see here.


Educational project
Free online workshops
for educators and
youth group facilitators

An important part of this entire initiative is the educational project "One step forward", which will take place alongside the artistic activities of The Walk. Before, after but also during her walk, little Amal will bring young people in touch with each other through projects of creative learning, aiming to create a worldwide network of educators, organisations and groups.


 

The Walk in Greece

Amal in Ioannina

Amal in Ioannina

Ioannina, 27-28/8/2021

Event date: 8/27/2021 - 8/28/2021 Export event


TheWALK

Little Amal continues her walk

on 27 & 28 of August in Ioannina!

"Don't forget us" is the message relayed by 9-year-old Amal who began from Syria and is crossing Europe, in search for her mother around the lands that unravel ahead of her. She walks from country to country, meets other children and people, always with the hope that somewhere a home will be there for her to stay, grow up, get educated and create her own world.

After the enthusiastic reception of Little Amal in Chios, her Walk continues in the city of Ioannina on 27 & 28 of August.

Friday 27 of August 2021@ 20:00 "Walking with the Words"

Little Amal begins her route from the area of Katsikas, where Habibi Works organization is receiving her. Bridging the gap of 8 kilometers between the refugee camp of Katsikas and the crowded city center of Ioannina, her way will be lit by more than 1500 light boxes with words in a collaborative installation.
From within a gigantic light box the shadows come to life and accompany her in a musical journey that begins in Epirus and reaches all of Greece and the East.
The light boxes were created in the artistic workshops organized by artists, community members, numerous organizations and institutions of the city.

Light boxes for Amal in Ioannina


Credits:
Installation Artistic Direction: Biennial of West Balkans (BOWB) Artemis Papageorgiou, Elli Leventaki
Shadow Theatre: Sokratis Pappas / Antrala Theatre
Music: Alexandros Papageorgopoulos – clarinet, Thanasis Axenopoulos – song & violin, Stathis Paraskevopoulos – percussion, Stamatis Pasopoulos – accordion, Pantelis Agkistriotis – lute, Alexandros Rizopoulos – percussion

In collaboration with the organizations: Cultural Centre for the City of Ioannina, Biennial of West Balkans (BOWB), Antrala Theatre, Vyssinokipos, Habibi Works, ARSIS Epirus, Youth Centre of Epirus, Second Tree, ASB Greece, KDAP: The Tree of Life, Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr), Sympaignia Theatre, KETHEA Epirus. 

Special mention is due for the priceless contribution of all educators, children, adolescents and volunteers.

Amal meets Karagkiozis (Greek shadow theatre)


Exhibition for "the Walk": "A step forward"

In the Cultural Venue "D. Chatzis" on 27 of August an exhibition is inaugurated with the outcomes of the educational program "A step forward", with creations from schools and organizatinos from all around Greece. Presented in the exhibition are photographs, visual creations, comics, puppets, texts and videos created by children and adolescents who participated in the Walk's workshops during the school year. The theme of the works has to do with the migration of peoples and the Walk of Little Amal and introduces us to the thoughts and emotions of the children around these important social issues. The workshops were facilitated by UnimaHellas, ΑthensComicsLibrary, ΑΜΑΚΑ NGO but also stemming from the educational manual of the Walk: https://www.walkwithamal.org/education/activity-pack/

Exhibition duration: 27/8 – 5/9, 17:00-21:00
Processing of the Exhibition material: Dafni Kalafati
Curator for the exhibition: Spyros Aggelopoulos

Saturday 28 of August 2021 – Sounds in the castle: "Marigo and Yannos - eternal passage"
We walk from Mavili square towards the Castle @19:30
Music performance begins @ 20:30 in the Museum of Silverworking, Its Kale - Ioannina Akropolis.

Amal walks towards the Ioannina pier


Amal will walk along the lakeside towards the Ioannina pier. There, she meets children and young people from the Youth Centre of Epirus and plays with them a "scavenger hunt" with an intercultural character, designed by the artist and pedagogue Alexandra Zoi. The children lead her inside the Castle.

She is the honored guest in a music performance created especially for her. The performance is inspired by the traditional, polyphonic, epirote song "Yannos and Marigo", which consists of a metaphysical base from love to death. Natural instruments, sounds of stone and air, in new compositions that are blended with contemporary dance in an integral dramaturgy. Alexandros Rizopoulos is the composer and editor of the performance, videoartist Kostis Emmanouilidis, the polyphonic ensemble Anassa and Alenti group also participate.

Amal walks in the Castle of Ioannina


Music performance credits:
Alexandros Rizopoulos – composition & editing, percussion, singing, dancing, Pantelis Agkistriotis – lyre, lute, Alenti group, Vasilis Zigkeridis – qanun, Alenti group, Giorgos Polychroniadis – double bass, Alenti group, Marina Liontou-Mochament – oud, Xanthoula Ntakovanou – singing, dancing, Athina Kyrousi-Salvucci – singing, dancing, Georgia Vakali – singing, percussion, Taxiarchis Vasilako – dancing, singing, accordion, VideoArt: Kostis Emmanouilidis

Warm thanks to TVSAudiovisual and Thomas Nastos for the technical support of the event.

All events have free admission

All COVID protocols for the safe conduct of events are duly applied

Production: AMAKAMKO&POLYPLANITY Productions

The Walk's program is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports

COMMUNICATION: 

Dora Marouli
Communication delegate for MSCOMM
210 7236 217 / +30 6946323962
marouli@mscommgroup.com

Elina Lazaridou
elazaridou@gmail.com


 

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PRODUCTION

The educational project of The Walk is taking place with the collaboration of Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) and UNHCR Greece, in the context of "it could be me; it could be you" project.

 

Production for the WALK: Good Chance Theatre
Production for Greece: Yolanda Markopoulou / Polyplanity Productions

Educational project coordinator: Dafni Kalafati, walkedugr@gmail.com

Workshop organisation: Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) and UNHCR Greece, in the context of "it could be me; it could be you" project


Creative Team
Art director Amir Nizar Zuabi
Puppet design & construction Handspring Puppet Company
Puppet handling directors Craig Leo και Enrico Dau Yang Wey
Puppet handling assistant Sarah Wright
Costume designe Annie Symons

Production Stephen Daldry, David Lan, Tracey Seaward, Naomi Webb for Good Chance
Art directors fo Good Chance Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy
Executive producer Kevin Fitzmaurice
General management Sarah Loader
Production management Suzy Hawes
Production design Patrick Glackin
Producer for Turkey Recep Tuna and IKSV
Producer for Greece Yolanda Markopoulou
Producer for Italy Roberto Roberto and Ludovica Tinghi
Producer for France, Switzerland, Belgium & Germany Claire Béjanin
Producer for the United Kingdom Amaya Jeyarajah Dent