Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2013, the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, Yoko Ono curated a specially created series of events and unique collaborations.Highlights included the long-awaited first show in five years from Siouxsie, the legendary Patti Smith and Iggy & The Stooges, as well as the first performance of the entire of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.

There were also two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend  featuring the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend opened with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.

Also at the festival, Peaches performed Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece, therewere installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus came to visit, running an intensive programme for groups of local young people on how to make music videos and reportage films.

As part of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown our neighbours at the BFI (British Film Institute) also put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films, including an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.

Chris McCabe on his anthology of poems from endangered languages
The popular children’s author discusses his new book
The internationally bestselling author on the fascinating story of Lale Sokolov
“Had I curated it in the wake of Brexit, Trump and Farage, there’s a chance it would have been a different book”
The BAFTA-winning composer looks ahead to his new festival
The psychotherapist and author discusses her latest book in this interview
The composer and orchestrator talks about bringing his father’s work to life
Nicholas Hlobo introduces his work and discusses his use of materials in this short video
Tarini Malik and John Fleetwood discuss Thabiso Sekgala’s photographic legacy
We spoke to the Syrian-American singer ahead of her Southbank Centre gig
What’s it like to be a DIY queer feminist punk band in 2019?
Nile Rodgers talks about his Meltdown festival in this exclusive video
The poet on the importance of Picasso’s work and the challenge of responding to it
The legendary singer and guitarist talks Chic, Nile Rodgers and Royal Festival Hall
Watch Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson talk about performing at the festival
Watch the American musician and producer in this video
The pair discuss their portrait of Al-Kadhi’s drag persona in this short video
Two artists from Kiss My Genders discuss figuration, abstraction, family and identity in this joint interview
Ann Liebeck on how Havana and cabaret thrived on the eve of the Cuban revolution
The artist introduces his HENI Project Space exhibition in this short video 

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