6th - 22nd October 2017

Lemn Sissay - I Have A Dream Commission

Lemn Sissay performing at Town Hall pointing at ceilingLemn Sissay - copyright Chris Bull

  • Lemn Sissay performing at Town Hall pointing at ceiling

Lemn Sissay was commissioned by Manchester Literature Festival to write new poems for performance responding to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s era-defining I Have a Dream speech for a celebratory programme co-produced with Manchester Camerata. They were performed at Manchester Town Hall on Saturday 19 October 2013, interspersed between movements of Beethoven’s String Quartet No.13 in B flat, OP. 130, performed by Camerata principal players. You can download the text of the poems and watch films of Lemn performing Belong and Open Up below.