SO what’s next..?


27 Jun, 2022

On Tuesday 31st May we discovered Southampton wasn’t selected as UK City of Culture 2025. Although we are obviously disappointed with the result, the process, benefits and impact of the journey have acted as a real catalyst across the city and wider region through our communities, cultural and creative industries, businesses and many more.

Now that the team have caught our breath, we are starting to work on what the future will look like as we create the Southampton Culture Trust – it is early days but we collectively still make it our mission to Make it SO.

You may also remember on the evening it was announced, that due to the strength of all the finalist locations a grant of £125,000 would be awarded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). At this stage, we are arranging to speak with the DCMS and discuss when and how we can access the grant and what the conditions of it will be.

Southampton has come together like never before and as we move forward this gives us so much to build on.