9 Mar, 2022
Bid Director, Claire Whitaker OBE, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our creative community coming together for our event yesterday which demonstrated the collective strength and ambition across the sector. We are delighted to have worked in partnership with Solent LEP to deliver such an engaging and informative event which has kick started a conversation across the Solent region’s creative industries. Caroline Norbury MBE from Creative UK, one of the day’s keynote speakers, clearly demonstrated the value of the creative economy and we really appreciated her input and support which fueled the discussions around growth and opportunities across the region. It was also our pleasure to release our new SO25 bid campaign film at the event with a hope to Make It SO later this year. As we await the decision of the final four shortlisted locations, we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase Southampton showing our real city, our real communities, real people with a real passion and desire to become a deserving UK City of Culture 2025.
Over 150 people working in the creative sector across the Solent region came together at the event, both in-person and online. Developed in partnership between Solent LEP and Southampton 2025 to shine a spotlight upon the creative industries across the wider Solent region. Giving businesses, young people, startups and freelance creatives the opportunity to come together, exploring the current economy and the opportunities that are presented for growth.
Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chief Executive of the Solent LEP, said: “The Solent is home to a wide range of creative and cultural businesses, with a rich cultural heritage to draw on. We are delighted to have collaborated with Southampton’s 2025 City of Culture Bid to bring our creative industries together to celebrate their enormous achievements and explore how to ensure they have the talent and tools to build on their success.
“Southampton’s bid for UK City of Culture 2025 is an essential contribution to the post-pandemic recovery of our region, and we are committed to playing our part in boosting a successful cultural sector, with ambitions to establish an environment where the visitor and cultural economy can thrive for the long-term benefit of our communities.”