The themes of war, poverty and racism used in Dr King's acceptance speech, remain just as relevant today as they were in 1967.
Because of this, the aims of the celebrations are to bring Dr King’s legacy to life for a whole new generation.
To equip them with knowledge and skills and empower them to contribute towards tackling the great problems of war, poverty and racism.
We hope to enable artists to create internationally significant work, that is inspired by the themes of Dr King’s acceptance speech. And by doing so, galvanising the North East region’s cultural venues and landmark sites as hosts to a global audience.
And finally, we aim to stimulate academic research and debate, contributing towards finding solutions to the challenges posed by war, poverty and racism.