31 May, 2022

Tonight we found out that Southampton has been unsuccessful in its bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. We send our congratulations to Bradford and wish them the very best for 2025. We want to thank every single person in the city and wider region that supported the bid bringing their enthusiasm, generosity and passion to the process.

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Leader of Southampton City Council said: “For us the bidding process has unlocked a scale of ambition, vision and financial commitment that is unprecedented, with over 150 businesses, cultural and community organisations and 11 neighbouring local authorities committed to transforming the city and wider region through culture.”

“During this process we have learnt so much about what’s important for our communities, our sense of pride and identity and what our city can look like in the future. We remain totally committed to an ambitious vision for Southampton and the region with culture at its heart.

“We will now put our energies into taking forward the galvanising work of the Southampton 2025 Trust to address our needs and become that thriving, dynamic place we know that Southampton can be!”

Claire Whitaker OBE, Director of Southampton 2025 Trust said today:

“I want to personally thank the people of Southampton, our friends and neighbours and our myriad of local, regional, national and international partners who have given their unwavering support.  We are naturally very disappointed but know that we gave the process everything we could have and that the bid has brought us together like never before.  I would like to thank Southampton City Council, Solent University and the University of Southampton for continuing to support the Southampton 2025 Trust and ensuring that culture remains at the centre of our city and wider region.”