Little Amal has travelled across continents in an 8000km travelling festival of art and hope. Her journey focuses attention on the urgent needs of millions of young refugees worldwide.
Her procession from Canterbury Cathedral to our campus highlights the need to change the narrative around human movement, a powerful subject explored through our focus on Migration and Movement at Kent.
Read on to find out more about her visit
Little Amal joined us on our Canterbury campus at lunchtime following a procession from the Cathedral involving art, music and performances put together by local schoolchildren. Walking up past the Templeman Library and across the lawn to our Registry building, students, staff and the wider public came together in a powerful statement of solidarity with displaced children worldwide.
Little Amal set out from Turkey’s Syrian border in July before passing through Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.
Produced by Good Chance Productions, Kent's leg of The Walk was put together by our Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (iCCi) which leads the development of exciting new creative opportunities in our region.
Little Amal's Walk will help shed light on the millions of displaced refugee children around the world and is an opportunity for all of us to learn, reflect and show solidarity with them.
The University of Kent is the only UK university hosting a leg of The Walk - one of the biggest international community arts projects ever produced. After visiting Canterbury, she will now travel onto London before her 8,000km journey ends in Manchester.
"This was the perfect partnership between the campus and the community, a major international event featuring world-class artists and a truly important theme. We are delighted that so many other Kent-based institutions were able to benefit - and that thousands of people turned up to greet Amal!"
Director of Culture and Creative Projects, Institute for Cultural and Creative Industries
Actor Niamh Cusack hosted an evening event with Refugee Tales to welcome Amal, showcasing the voices of those who have experienced indefinite detention in the UK through poetry and song.
Abdulrazak’s recent Nobel Prize award highlighted a unique voice on migration and movement