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.

Yes, we somehow managed to narrow it down to six
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The author introduces her new novel Lost Children Archive
Hear music that has inspired this innovative composer and video maker
The best-selling writer and essayist discusses finding her place in feminism, intersectionality and grappling with pop culture
Find out more about British composer Helen Grime and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür
Catch up on the Oscar-winning actress discussing her autobiography In Pieces at London Literature Festival
Meet Dai Fujikura, Vito Žuraj and Oliver Christophe Leith
What music inspires this acclaimed contemporary composer?
What are the Herne Hill pop duo listening to right now?
Discover how the Israeli-American pianist got started – and how Meryl Streep inspires him
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
The Brazilian has gone from child prodigy to piano legend
Learn how this cross artform collaboration is being brought to life
The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor on this season's programme
The Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter on the unexpected influences of her grandparents' country
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There is so much more to this Scottish writer than The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
In the fourth edition of Think Aloud, we join the #AskACuratorDay celebrations
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Listen to a discussion of family dynamics, memory and desire, from two Booker Prize-winning authors
Listen to two Booker Prize-winning writers discuss how historical fiction can shed light on our present
Listen to the novelists discuss how fiction can capture lives on the margins of history
Discover more about this intriguing composer and musician
Watch an excerpt of Mahler’s dramatic work featuring acclaimed mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung
Discover works from this groundbreaking National Poetry Library exhibition
Find out about the world's first exhibition of this emerging art form
Get a unique look into Hayward Gallery history with this remarkable anthology
Read our short but sweet interview with the young British composer Charlotte Bray
These two artists prove they still have plenty to offer
Read an enlightening interview with the celebrated South Korean composer
Tackling questions of power, sexuality and violence, Philip Venables’ music always makes an impact
The comedian talks us through some of his favourite performances
Electronic music and Queen Elizabeth Hall grew up together – find out all about it
Ahead of her appearance at WOW - Women of the World, read our interview with the acclaimed activist and author.
Find out more about one of our new associate companies
Key change-makers and activists from our WOW festival share their tips
See the celebrated conductor discuss the work of her mentor Leonard Bernstein
The Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging at Aston University looks at recurring misogyny in neuroscience research
Why are conductors are so drawn to the music of Gustav Mahler? Find out in this short video interview
Looking for a laugh? Join us at Southbank Centre this spring for some huge names in stand-up comedy
Listen to up-and-coming conductors on the art of baton waving and more
Find out about this great of the 20th century
The composer accidentally invented rock’n’roll you know
Watch the acclaimed artist discuss the process behind her distinctive Fox Talbot inspired photogravure prints
An exclusive podcast from the comedian’s frank and funny conversation at Being A Man festival
Watch this pre-concert talk as the pioneering Icelandic pianist discusses the rare condition which makes him see pitch as colour
Watch a series of short videos with the up and coming Icelandic musician
Discover the master of erudite pageturners
A reading list for people who can't get enough speculative fiction
The drum & bass stalwart is back with his third artist album and his second autobiography
In the first of our 'Six things...' series Julian Baggini muses on the notion of truth
All you need to know about our Artist-in-Residence
Ali Smith, Mohsin Hamid and George Saunders are all in the running
Read our primer on John le Carré's legendary character
Find out which Nobel Laureates have graced us with their presence
Introducing some of the figures who’ll be helping us try to identify what makes a man
Listen to the writer reflect on fiction, friendship and capturing a changing world on the page
Read more about the celebrated poet and novelist
The pianist will perform two concerts at Southbank Centre to raise money for the MS Society.
Watch an exclusive interview with the Turner Prize-winning sculptor
The celebrated writer and performer discusses the roots of his new work, Prurience
Award-winning author Naomi Klein discusses her latest book ‘No is Not Enough in this audio podcast
Great news for fans of the Swedish pop sensations
How do you explain a ‘multi-sensory encounter of shifting sound and light’?
Relive the night The Outlook Orchestra blew the Royal Festival Hall audience away
Discover more about the author ahead of his appearance at London Literature Festival
Read how photographer Annie Leibovitz considers her work on Women never done.
Emily Peasgood discusses her background, and looks at her past and future works.
Hear the composer and musician explore the themes of unity and division behind her new work
Take a look back at the most memorable moments from M.I.A.’s Meltdown festival
Reviews, tweets and more from midweek at M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Mohamed Sarrar, of Borderline, shares his experience of escaping Sudan as a refugee.
The electronic artist and composer on the inspiration for Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia
See exclusive video from Young Fathers performance at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Read the story of comedy performer Enayatullah Jalalzai who, age 16, escaped Afghanistan as a refugee
See how M.I.A.’s Meltdown got underway with an epic opening weekend of live music and more
Musicians, writers and journalists tell us who they're looking forward to seeing at Meltdown
All you need to know ahead of her debut UK performance at Meltdown
See video excerpts from Philip Venables: Illusions featuring performance artist David Hoyle
Introducing the LGBTQ and QTPOC artists who occupy the heart of M.I.A.’s Meltdown
Hull composer Daniel Elms offers a preview of his piece Bethia, ahead of New Music Biennial
Ahead of our premier of his new work Sea Change, we caught up with composer Eivind Buene
The composition professor explains how his new work transforms rejection into inspiration
Watch Lucy Carter, director and lighting designer, on channelling the emotion of a performance
Which of the 16 artists playing at Meltdown is your perfect personality match?
All you need to know about the viral French music sensation ahead of his gig at M.I.A.'s Meltdown
Watch Lawrence Power, one of the world's leading violists, reveal the secrets of the viola
What are Southbank Centre's Youth Ambassadors looking forward to at Alchemy festival?
The author, advertising consultant and expert on Generation M shares her thoughts.
Take a look at the stellar line-up of literary speakers heading to Southbank Centre
Leicester comes to Alchemy for a special East Midlands Mela
Listen to a hand-picked collection of works by the brilliant Pavel Haas Quartet and young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin

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