In the 20th anniversary year of Meltdown, this summer sees Yoko Ono curating a specially created series events and unique collaborations. Highlights include 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 will be two weekends of talks and debates. Activism Weekend (15 and 16 June) features the Guerrilla Girls, the launch of new book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot and more. The Future Now weekend (22 & 23 June) opens with Yoko Ono in conversation with Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist.
Also at the festival Peaches performs Yoko Ono’s seminal performance art piece, Cut Piece. There are installations across the site and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. This is 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) have put together a selection of Yoko’s favourite films. Watch an exclusive screening of Battleship Potemkin with an introduction by the Pet Shop Boys, plus rarely seen films by John and Yoko.