Southampton City of Culture 2025
Visit Hampshire is backing the bid!
Southampton has been longlisted as UK City of Culture 2025.
Southampton has a great array of cultural and historic assets. Now Southampton is bidding to be UK City of Culture 2025 so that it can reach its fulfil potential and showcase what the city can offer.
What is the City of Culture?
UK City of Culture is a designation given to a city in the United Kingdom for one year. The competition is administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has a panel of independent judges. The delivery of the bid will be led by the Southampton 2025 Trust working with partners and stakeholders from across Southampton and the wider region.
If Southampton wins the prestigious honour of being the UK City of Culture, visitors can expect a warm welcome. Southampton is a diverse city with a population from 55 different countries and 149 languages spoken with the city. Southampton is ready to welcome visitors from around the globe.
Southampton 2025 will be a year-long celebration, packed full of culture, music, events, food and drink, colour and vibrancy!
Southampton Cultural Highlights
Below is a taster of some great places to visit now and in 2025.
|Starts* (1 Jan 2025 - 31 Dec 2025)|
* * If Southampton is selected as UK city of culture. Decision to be announced in 2022
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