7 Dec, 2021
Today, We Make Southampton become an official media partner of Southampton’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid.
We Make Southampton produce regular online content about Southampton’s 30 neighbourhoods, with the input of teams of local researchers; aiming to organise community screenings and Q&A discussions on issues common across the city.
The media company, which was launched in early 2017 with support from the Hampshire School of Social Entrepreneurs, aims to act as an impartial and solution-focused facilitator of conversations between decision-makers, those who create opportunities, and local residents who are the best observers of their neighbourhoods, to find solutions that serve and strengthen our communities.
Set up by filmmaker and journalist Claudia Murg, the community interest company focuses on capturing the knowledge and spirit of Southampton’s people in films, audio recordings, and written content that aims to inspire, inform and connect people across the city’s neighbourhoods from SO14 to SO19. Claudia and her team use a mobile office in a converted bus, sponsored by First Bus, to enable conversations accessible for people in their own neighbourhoods.
Upon the partnership, Claudia said: “Whether it is a group of council tenants painting murals on the exterior walls of their dwellings, youngsters adorning fences with mosaic canvases, women knitting in the 700-year-old Gods House Tower, or local residents organising street parties, open air music and spoken word festivals, all such activities show the variety of cultural experiences on offer.”
“Becoming UK City of Culture 2025 would be a fantastic opportunity for Southampton, and I’m honoured that We Make Southampton will be supporting the bid by adding its efforts to the City of Culture’s community engagement work and by helping ‘map’ our creative and artistic hubs, which would add to the cultural legacy beyond 2025.”