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August 4, 2021 - August 5, 2021

August 4, 6PM – Kinan Azmeh’s City Band, Free Concert, Bandstand at Fort Allen Park, Portland

August 5, 12PM – “Parade with Us”, Monument Square, Portland

August 5, 2PM – Performance for Little Amal on live-feed video, Ocean Gateway, Portland

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FREE

Remote Theater Project in partnership with Creative PortlandMayo Street Arts, The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, and Portland Ovations presents A MESSAGE FROM FAR AWAY, an interaction with Good Chance Theatre’s The Walk – a traveling festival of art and hope in support of refugees. At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 12-foot-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Little Amal will be attending this event in real-time and interacting with performers and the audience via 12 foot live-feed video screens. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will travel over 8,000km embodying the urgent message “Don’t forget about us.”

SCHEDULE OF FREE AND LIVE, IN-PERSON EVENTS

  • August 4th at 6pm Portland Ovations presents a free concert with Kinan Azmeh’s City Band at the Bandstand at Fort Allen Park on Portland’s Eastern Prom. Azmeh – originally from Syria now based in NYC – is one of The Walk featured artists. Blurring the lines of classical and jazz forms, Kinan is a master clarinetist/composer from Syria recognized internationally for his rich sound, distinct compositional voice and ability to cross music styles and cultures. Kinan has appeared at Carnegie and Royal Albert Halls among other esteemed venues and is known for his work with The Silk Road Ensemble and others.
  • August 5th at 12:30pm “Parade with Us” GPIWC and MSA co-sponsor a walk in support of immigrants and refugees in Portland and open to all who want to participate. The parade will begin at Monument Square ending at the performance with Little Amal at Ocean Gateway.
  • August 5th at 2pm Ocean Gateway- Remote Theater Project’s performance for Little Amal on live-feed video. Letters written and performed by teenage New Mainers and songs performed by the Pihcintu Multinational Immigrant and Refugees Girls’ Chorus will be accompanied by the musicians of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Kinan Azmeh‘s City Band.

From the Syria-Turkey border all the way to the UK, The Walk will bring together celebrated artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organizations to create one of the most innovative and adventurous public artworks ever attempted. Little Amal will at- tend the culminating event in real-time, interacting with performers from the Pihcintu Girls Chorus and receiving letters written by teenage refugees, via a 12-foot video wall. “Remote Theater Project is thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with renowned theater artist Amir Nizar Zuabi, the artistic director of The Walk. I am so excited to bring this piece to Portland, to be collaborating with inspiring young New Mainers and partnering with wonderful local organizations” says Alexandra Aron, Producing Artistic Director RTP.

Remote Theater Project is the only US organization to connect in real-time and through live-feed video stream with The Walk. RTP has been working with teenage refugee and asylum-seekers in Portland, Maine to create monologues, “letters to Amal.” The participants attended a writing workshop led by Mudar Alhaggi, himself a Syria refugee via Zoom from Berlin. Both Alhaggi and composer/musician Kinan Azmeh are distinguished Syrian artists participating in The Walk. Azmeh will perform with the Pihcintu Multinational Immigrant and Refugee Girls’ Chorus in A Message from Far Away.

VIDEO PREVIEW – KINAN AZMEH’S CITYBAND

 


A Message from Far Away is supported by Con Fullam, Director of Pihcintu Girls Chorus, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Welcome the Stranger, Portland Adult Education and New England Arab American Organization.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band
Liany Media
Portland Adult Education
Welcoming the Stranger

Venue

Portland, ME United States