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Yoko Ono to direct 2013 Meltdown festival...

CultureCritic | 08.November.2012 | 12:57

Yoko Ono has been named the 2013 Meltdown director by London's Southbank Centre, hosts of the avant-garde music and culture festival 

Yoko Ono Meltdown

The octogenarian artist/musician, Yoko Ono's recent exhibition at the Serpentine met with mixed critical opinion, but her career in art, begun amid groundbreaking 1960s conceptualism, was honoured with a Golden Lion in 2009 – The Venice Biennale's hugey prestigious award for major figures in art. Her right-on light-heartedness continues to sit badly with many however, though we did just learn she didn't split the Beatles up.

Ono has influenced and collaborated with reams of musicians, from Eric Clapton to Cat Power. Following in the footsteps of previous Meltdown directors Ray Davies, Jarvis Cocker, Massive Attack, Patti Smith and David Bowie; Ono's programme is primed to emphasise ecological and feminist issues. It's the 20th anniversary for the fest that's seen Jeff Buckley's final UK performance, Grace Jones singing Disney and The New York Dolls reunite.

"I am deeply honoured," Ono said about appointment to curate next year's bash.

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