We’re a city of connections. A maritime city, a meeting point of rivers, a port for a thousand years. Not just a departure point, but a destination, too. Home to people from more than 50 countries. A young, diverse city of culture, lots of culture. A city of innovation and enterprise, home to two universities.
There’s so much to be proud of but there’s SO much further we can go. Which is why we’re bidding to be UK City of Culture 2025. This is a huge opportunity for our city but we can’t do it without you. The bid won’t win without your support. Find out how you can get involved.
It’s time to shout about Southampton
The programme we will shape together will transform the profile and the prosperity of Southampton and use the power of culture to ensure we reach our full potential.
The people of Southampton are at the heart of this bid and we will work together to make a real difference to all. There is such a rich variety of culture in the city that it is the natural focus of a bid. I am proud to be leading this bid and am looking forward to an exciting programme which will achieve a great deal and leave a positive legacy for the city."
Southampton is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2025. This is a huge opportunity for our city but we can’t do it without you. Our bid won’t win without your support.
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This city is bursting with culture, much of it self-made by the people of Southampton, and it will always be home in my heart... Now we have the opportunity to be part of the story of our future city and tell it to the world.”
The bid will provide the opportunity Southampton really needs in terms of reaching hard-to-reach, diverse groups.”