Through craft, singing and storytelling, be transported to the world of Swallow’s Kiss, an uplifting tale helping young readers understand the lives of refugee children.
Swallow’s Kiss follows the story of Blessing, who discovers a bag of paper birds bearing wishes written by refugee children from around the world, and flies to meet the people who made them.
This day of interactive storytelling helps spread the story’s message of global community, empathy and friendship.
It also culminates in a welcome for Good Chance Theatre's giant travelling puppet, Little Amal, whose journey across Europe has focused minds on the refugee crisis.
The running order for the event is:
2pm – 3pm: Wish Bird making
2.50pm: Screening of Footsteps on the Wind
3pm – 3.30pm: Singing workshop with the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
3.30pm: A Swallow's Kiss, performed by Amaka Okafor (Director Pooja Ghai, Designer Rosa Maggiora)
4.15pm: Little Amal arrives and Wish Bird presentations
Swallow’s Kiss is the new novel by writer Sita Brahmachari and illustrator Jane Ray.
It’s dedicated to the refugee people they work with in London and published by Pop Up as one of 10 Stories to Make a Difference, a book inspired by the experiences of people at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.
It is endorsed by Amnesty International for celebrating children's rights to safety, equality and play.
Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of The Walk, travelling 8,000km in support of refugees. Since July 2021, the 3.5 metre-tall living artwork of young Syrian refugee child Amal has walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.
Footsteps on the Wind follows the plight of Noor and her little brother as they journey far away from home, orphaned from a devastating earthquake.
A film by Maya Sanbar together with Dirty Work. Original Music by Sting, with story development and scriptwriting support from Pedro Paulo de Andrade, Onjali Q Rauf and Sita Brahmachari.
Need to know
For ages 5+
Little Amal arrives at 4.15pm approximately, but may be slightly earlier.
If the event is busy, there may be restricted access for late visitors and a one in, one out system.
Dates & times
- Standard entryFree
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