Little Amal in Charleville-Mézières

Little Amal is a giant puppet designed by the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa.

Petite Amal embarked on an 8,000 km journey last June to highlight the refugee crisis.

The project, entitled 'The Walk', is both an international art festival and a real test of endurance. Little Amal, a 3.5-metre high puppet, is walking across Europe to highlight the plight of millions of uprooted children and young people. 

She will travel through a total of 8 countries, hosted at hundreds of cultural events in towns and villages along the way. She walks for children - some isolated and separated from their families, forced to undertake dangerous journeys. She walks so that they are not forgotten.

Before continuing her journey to London and after having crossed Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, Petite Amal came in Charleville-Mézières on Sunday 10 October 2021.

With the participation of local partners and associations who proposed choreographies, songs and readings, hundreds of spectators accompanied her along her wanderings.


Numerous workshops took place beforehand to prepare the reception of the Little Amal, notably with :

- Scamaroni College 

- The CADA CPH AATM (Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers, Temporary Accommodation Centre, Association for the Reception of Workers and Migrants)

- The PJJ (Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse)

- The International Institute of Puppetry and the ESNAM

- The SARC


© Hervé Dapremont

Production: Good Chance / Organisation: Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes and the Compagnie des Mangeurs de Cercle.

With the support of the City of Charleville-Mézières