Little Amal is a 10-year-old refugee from war-torn Syria. She is also a 12-foot puppet who has traveled 5,000 miles across Turkey and Europe to the UK in search of her mother. On her journey, she’s been welcomed by almost a million adults and children. Now, she comes to New York City in search of her Uncle Samir.

She will be welcomed by hundreds of artists, cultural organizations, community groups, schools and colleges in all 5 boroughs. The whole city is invited to take part in her 17-day traveling festival of art and hope. 



Amal's journey through the Lower East Side and Chinatown begins at the Tenement Museum.  She will follow a tour guide learning about the history of the immigrants who settled in the neighborhood. Klezmer musicians accompany her journey. She encounters laundry printed with message from the community about embracing the "other" and the tangle of cultures that share these blocks. Soon Chinese musicians take over the musical accompaniment.  Amal finds herself in a joyful tangle of laundry and cultures.