M.I.A.'s Meltdown

In June 2017, rapper, artist, producer and activist M.I.A. followed in the footsteps of Patti Smith, Anohni, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne as the curator of Meltdown.

Her line-up of outlaw musicians included Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Soulwax, Giggs, Young M.A, Afrikan Boy, Mykki Blanco, JD Samson, I Wayne, Dexta Daps, Yung Lean, Princess Nokia, MHD and more.

The festival featured a carnival day, a South Asian mela and a party with community radio station Rinse FM, plus activities for Refugee Week.

I'm bringing together new outlaw musicians from everywhere, who have contributed to keeping things weird, exciting, opinionated, loud, emotional and brave or off the grid in the present climate
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
The OAE’s Roger Montgomery introduces his new 19th-century style horn
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor discuss this hugely popular work
Watch the Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Second Violin meet his famous fellow countryman
The OAE’s principal clarinetist Antony Pay talks us through a staple instrument of its time
See reviews of Rumpelstiltskin from those who’ve seen the show
Watch the composer and performance artist explain an artist’s power to engage
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
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 OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The Italian classical pianist introduces this unique instrument
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
The OAE’s Cecelia Bruggemeyer introduces this remarkable instrument

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