Bradford and Bradford Literature Festival are honoured to welcome Little Amal to City Park for a parade, poetry performances and craft activities as she visits us on 20th June to meet new friends and share a message of hope.

Amal is a 3.5 meter puppet. From July to November 2021, representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Amal travelled over 8,000km embodying the urgent message “Don’t forget about us”.

Since the beginning of her journey in 2021, Little Amal has travelled through over 70 cities and been welcomed at more than 160 unique events, reaching 875,000 people in the 12 countries she has already visited, and millions more online.

On World Refugee Day, Amal will visit Bradford, one of the most culturally diverse and youngest populations in the United Kingdom. She will take gifts from the children of Bradford to children in Leeds, where she will explore the city centre with her new friends.

Bradford has long been a place of sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees through the Home Office’s contracted dispersal programme since 1999 and is one of several cities in the UK to be formally recognised as a ‘City of Sanctuary’ by the national City of Sanctuary movement.

We cannot think of a better way to honour the spirit of Bradford and are excited to welcome you all during this unique visit.