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.

Watch a short introduction to the award-winning musical
Enjoy a preview trailer of the eccentric and scandalous show before its UK premiere
Listen to the eleventh episode of our podcast series as comedians and comedy writers talk politics
Read a special interview with the choreographer ahead of her return to London
How far will you go to win someone’s trust?
Is your favourite fictional feline on our list?
The tenth episode of our monthly podcast looks at human and robot interaction in the arts.
Hear comedians including Dave Gorman, Maisie Adam and Glenn Moore answer questions on comedy
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Whether beginner or expert, come and enjoy fun free dance sessions with us
The performer talks to us about the family show, and relishing his own role in it
George from Forced Entertainment tells us about appearing in That Night Follows Day
Hear from the director, designer, composer and principal actor of this very special family show
The writer and director explains the concept behind the performance
Listen to the sixth episode of our podcast series as we take a comedic turn
Make the most of your family time this festive season
Choreographer Rosie Kay shares her top tips
Listen to a playlist of music from MK ULTRA and the score it influenced
Artist Scottee talks to us about his new show Fat Blokes
From model to expert in animal behaviour, the remarkable career of this unique actress

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