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Backing for City of Culture bid

Southampton’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025 has so far been backed by over 100 organisations including 42 city-wide civic institutions, businesses and education organisations, the city’s cultural sector and by 9 neighbouring local authorities.

Among these are: Southampton City Council, Solent University, University of Southampton, toob, Paris Smith LLP, GO! Southampton, Business Improvement District, ABP Port of Southampton, Southampton Football Club and Hampshire Constabulary. The bid is also backed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole; Eastleigh; Fareham; Gosport; Hampshire County Council; the Isle of Wight, New Forest; Portsmouth; Winchester, maximising benefits opportunity and tourism for the whole region.

Claire Whitaker OBE, Director of Southampton UK City of Culture 2025 Bid, said: “We are ambitious to showcase not just the great city of Southampton but also to be a beacon for the whole region, looking outwards to the world. There are many challenges for all of us. Our city has been hit hard by the pandemic with our dependence on the sea and shipping, and the damage to the retail economy. But with such strong partners and supporters we believe that our bid with an ambitious cultural programme at its heart will be able to deliver much needed opportunities for all our communities and businesses to rebound and flourish again. “

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