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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

As part of the extraordinary project The Walk, Sheffield welcomes Little Amal – a giant puppet of a 10-year-old refugee girl, as she nears the end of her international journey from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester.

All are invited to come and see Amal on Friday 29 October and take part in the free community activities on her journey through Sheffield.

A fun day of celebration, sharing and activities
2:30–6:30pm, Tudor Square
Sheffield Theatres welcomes you to take part in free, family-friendly creative workshops in Tudor Square.

Join in with making Quotes of Welcome, a spectacular art installation of joyful and welcoming messages. Test your baking skills with bread making workshops, or learn to create traditional henna patterns. Have a go at craft activities, including building mini homes for Amal. Or try your hand at creating magical lanterns to guide Little Amal along her path as the sun sets.

Refreshments will be available from Crucible Corner throughout the day.

Little Amal's journey through Sheffield:

Sheffield Waterfront Mini Festival
1–5:15pm, Victoria Quays
1pm–4pm – join the Canal and River Trust at Victoria Quays for family-friendly fun, with arts and crafts, live music, canoeing and more.
4:25pm – be among the first to see Little Amal as she enters the city by boat and arrives at Victoria Quays for a celebratory welcome by Stand and Be Counted Theatre company.

Tudor Square Celebrations
2:30–6:30pm
The square will be decorated with an art installation of Quotes of Welcome: warming messages in different languages created by a community engagement project, led by DINA, Sheffield Theatres and Off The Shelf. There will be performances from One World Choir and Sheffield Hallam University, before Amal arrives at 6pm and Sheffield People’s Theatre present a dance performance piece. When a larger than life fox lantern, created by Patrick Amber, arrives with fellow woodland creatures, they will play a game of hide and seek with Amal before leading her to the Peace Gardens.

The Peace Gardens Finale
6:30–7:30pm
Films will be projected onto the Town Hall by Sheffield Hallam University, before Amal conducts a brass band with a twist.

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