Yoko Ono's Meltdown

In June 2014, 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.

Enjoy this scrumptious rhubarb-based chocolate tart recipe
Best friends Ross and Tom tell us how to make a vegan jackfruit pot pie
Enjoy this fantastic South Asian family recipe
Enjoy a classic Indian inspired dish from Alchemy
Cook and enjoy this fantastic Afghan recipe from Ladle & Skillet
Discover the people and the recipes behind the delicious South Asian street food
Discover some amazing African recipes from The African Food & Drink Takeover 2017
Taste delicious dishes at Alchemy’s street food market, KERB, then recreate them at home
A traditional West African rice dish, from Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick of Chuku's
An East-African doughnut recipe, courtesy of Eric Mugaju from Maskani
A slow-cooked Nigerian beef dish, from Tokunbo Koiki, of Tokunbo’s Kitchen
A traditional fried spicy Ghanaian dish, from Alicia Ama, of Chalé! Let’s Eat
A Madagascan curry dish, from Prisca Bakare, of The Lemur House
A West African barbecue dish, from Nimatu Owino, of CHAM CHAM
Mandy of Sambal Shiok tells us how to make her chicken satay
Magda and Grzegorz tell us the recipe for pierogi – traditional Polish dumplings
Tan of Pad + Sen tells us how to make the classic pad thai from her childhood in Bangkok
Catherine and Gary of Ladle & Skillet tell us how to make their lamb neck fillet wrap
Sukho and Joo of Korrito tell us how to make their bulgogi BBQ beef

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