Join Alice in Wonderland as she welcomes Amal, a 10-year-old refugee girl, to Oxford during her journey on foot over 8,000km from Syria to Manchester. Taking the form of giant puppets, Alice and Amal will meet, become friends, and share memories as they walk through the city, joined by local children and young people who will present the story of when Alice met Amal.
The Story Museum is proud to present this public event as part of The Walk, an international arts and campaigning project in which the puppet Amal will follow in the footsteps of thousands of unaccompanied child refugees who have been forced to take the same treacherous journey. Starting in Gazienter in late July, Amal will pass through 50 towns and cities across Europe, including Oxford on Tuesday 26 October, arriving in Manchester at the end of October. Follow her incredible journey at www.thewalk.org.uk
The story for of Amal Meets Alice has been written for The Story Museum by Syrian writer Nadine Kaadan. Working with a group of local Arab women and children - our ‘story consultants’- Nadine has written a story of how two girls – both travellers – form a bond and learn about each-others worlds.
The Story Museum is the lead producer and has invited community and arts groups from all over Oxford to help us create a memorable and special event for Amal with storytelling, dance, music and a procession for children and families, starting from the Botanic Gardens and walking through the city centre to Christ Church Meadows. The event is predominantly non verbal and will rely largely on music and some spoken dialogue.
Please check this page for further details of the event day.
Amal Meets Alice partners include:
Oxford Youth Dance Company
University Museum of Natural History
Charlbury Refugee Action Group
Iraqi Women Art and War
Oxford Festival of the Arts
Oxford Botanic Gardens
Nadine is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Syria now living in London. She is published in several countries and languages and her mission is to champion empowered and inclusive representation in children’s books so that every child can see themselves in a story.
Nadine’s work with young refugees in mitigating post-conflict trauma has captured the attention of CNN and the BBC, both of which have broadcast special features on her books ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘The Jasmine Sneeze’. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal, and is the 2019 winner of the Arab British Centre Award for Culture. Nadine was selected as one of The BBC 100 Women 2020’s ‘most influential and inspiring women’, and was featured on their BBC 100 Women masterclass.