Southampton is Longlisted for UK City of Culture 2025!


8 Oct, 2021

We are excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the eight successful locations chosen to move to the next stage to become UK City of Culture 2025! We’d like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the bid in any way so far. It’s now time to shout about Southampton and make it SO!

Our Bid Director, Claire Whitaker OBE said: “We are delighted with the news today that Southampton has been chosen to go through to the next stage of the bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. The way that Southampton has come together to get behind our bid is unprecedented for our city, and I want to thank everyone for their belief and unwavering support. We now move forward with confidence and optimism to the next chapter of our story to become UK City of Culture in 2025.”

Now the competition really steps up, it’s our time to showcase Southampton’s hidden wonders, our unique communities, our poignant heritage and ambition for growth, our home-grown talent and our international influence and connections – it is Southampton’s moment – make it SO!

Thank you for all of your ongoing hard work, and we look forward to the next phase of this exciting journey as a team!