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.

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Listen to readings and discussion from poets Richard Scott, Zaffar Kunial and winner Hannah Sullivan
The 10 poets in the running for the prize read their work
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
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A specially commissioned poem in response to an exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
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A specially commissioned poem in response to our exhibition of the work of Lee Bul
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See what’s coming up in our packed poetry programme
Enjoy fantastic fiction and powerful prose selected by literary experts.


Meltdown stories

Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell perform songs from Yoko Ono's Meltdown
The Guerrilla Girls use facts, humour and fake fur to expose discrimination