Southampton launches UK City of Culture bid

Thursday October 1st, 2020

Seacity Museum Southampton


Southampton is aiming to become the first city in the South West to be awarded City of Culture status.


Southampton is a city brimming with culture and heritage with a rich maritime and aviation history. Dig into the history of the place and you will discover the city was the birthplace of the Spitfire, the point of departure of the Mayflower and the ill-fated Titanic.

Today it is a bustling cruise and commercial port, bringing millions of visitors to the region every year, with a wealth of cultural, community, arts, and heritage achievements.

Bidding for the award provides an opportunity for the residents, communities and businesses to come together to shape its future and celebrate the cultural activity already taking place, showcase the city’s diversity and use these to address some of the challenges the city is facing. This is about celebrating what this city has and using the journey to achieve shared ambitions as a city.

Securing City of Culture status also brings the opportunity to secure millions of pounds in investment and act as a catalyst deliver huge social, cultural, and economic benefits for the city that will last for years to come.

Southampton’s UK of City of Culture 2025 bid team are looking for businesses to get behind the bid and work with them on the shaping the bid and being part of the journey to come.  They would like to hear from businesses of all sizes who are interested in benefiting from the range of partnership opportunities available. Businesses who become partners will be given huge profile in the city and the wider region and will have the opportunity to shape their involvement in line with their business objectives. Businesses are asked to contact Gemma Nichols, Commercial Director and to visit the website for more information.



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