Southampton 2025 UK City of Culture Bid

Southampton is one step closer to becoming UK City of Culture 2025 as the city is one of the four shortlisted locations. 

The Expert Panel visited the city on the 13 May - Find out where they went and what they did on their visit.

The Arts Minister, Lord Parkinson visited the city on 16 May - find out more about the visit.

Southampton has bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2025

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Southampton has bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.

This is a huge opportunity for the city to celebrate the wealth of 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 our ambitions as a city.
From the walls, to the water and the welcome visitors receive, Southampton has what it takes.

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We are a city of culture, and a city that just gets on with it. 

Over the years we have rolled up our sleeves and got stuff done, but now is our time to shout about our great city and all that happens here.

To be successful the bid needs to reflect the people of the city. The bid team involved everyone across Southampton in shaping the bid which was submitted to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports. It was really important that the process of creating the bid was collaborative and truly reflected the diversity and values of Southampton’s people.

Southampton has been selected as one of the four locations chosen to become UK City of Culture 2025!
Following a record of 20 bids, four final places have been shortlisted for the prestigious UK City of Culture 2025

County Durham
Wrexham County Borough

Winning the prestigious title has enormous benefits with previous hosts attracting millions of pounds in additional investment, creating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to their local area.
Southampton along with the other places have worked with a panel of experts and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to finalise their bids.
The winner will be announced in spring 2022 and will follow Coventry’s tenure as UK City of Culture 2021 to take the lead on culture in the UK in 2025.

Southampton is ready to deliver > 

Why do we want to become UK City of Culture 2025?

The competition, which is run every four years, brings great benefits to the winning city.
Southampton can expect an increase in tourism, as well as a boost in investment throughout the city. Leading to a happier and healthier city.
When Hull was UK City of Culture in 2017 it added £300 million to their tourism market and up to £17 million gross value added to their local economy. Southampton’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid, if successful, will be forward thinking and look to deliver similarly substantial economic impacts.

The Southampton 2025 team have asked everyone some initial questions to help start the process of learning what the city needs and identifying where the gaps may be. They wanted to hear from community and cultural groups, artists, sportspeople, skateboarders, musicians, students, schools and colleges, restaurateurs, businesses, dance and theatre groups, historical societies, and many more besides. Until the city understood the full diverse mix of needs and activities, it could not start to really knit together themes and programmes that would become the city’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.

We have some great people that believe and are backing our bid.

Keep up to date with the latest SO25 news.

To find out more visit Southampton 2025 and follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Southampton2025.

For more information..

If you want to know -
What is the UK City of Culture?
Who else is bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2025?
What would it mean for Southampton to win?
See the Southampton2025 for all the answers!

More information can be found on the Southampton2025 website


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