Yoko Ono says she’s “deeply honoured” to have been pronounced director of the London Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival for June 2013, also its 20th anniversary edition. Ono has appeared as a guest at the fest on two past occasions, once by invitation of 2005 host Patti Smith, and again in 2009 under Ornette Coleman’s curatorial tenure.
Speaking to The Observer, a media partner of the event, the artist and musician says: “I’m not pursuing big names for the sake of big names. I’m thinking along the lines of a concept, which is more refreshing. There will definitely be an element of feminism and the plight of women, I am very interested in that. All women are icons of feminism and we have a responsibility to that. I am thinking of having one or two events where I ask men to say something strong about themselves too”.
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