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.

What to see and hear at our longest running festival
The much-loved comedian and actor looks back at his remarkable career
The popular children’s author discusses his new book
The internationally bestselling author on the fascinating story of Lale Sokolov
Listen to the documentary-maker discuss his career on screen with comedian Adam Buxton
Listen to the comedian discuss her new book in this special podcast
Introducing the brilliant YA writers and authors appearing at Southbank Centre
Listen to Malorie Blackman discuss her latest novel Crossfire
Richard Ayoade reflects on his award-winning films and comedy in conversation with Adam Buxton
The psychotherapist and author discusses her latest book in this interview
Take a look at the six books in the running for this year’s prestigious award
Enjoy some of the distinctive documentary maker’s most memorable moments
Get a recap of the author’s award-winning series
Get to know more about the two writers and former nurses
See who’s joining us at this year’s festival and Poetry International
Take the chance to hear from authors, writers and publishers in a series of intimate short talks
Take a look at the packed line-up coming to Southbank Centre later this year
Listen to the thirteenth episode of our podcast series, in which we turn our attention to poetry and spoken word
Find out which poets have made this year’s shortlist
The founder of Out-Spoken discusses his journey through poetry in this in-depth interview

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Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell perform songs from Yoko Ono's Meltdown
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