We are Southampton Forward

We channel culture and creativity as drivers for change in Southampton. Putting people and communities at the front and centre of everything we do, together we will make Southampton a great place to visit, live, work, study and play.
People placing stickers on the floor for a community project, representing the Southampton Forward Culture Programme.
Woman in front of street mural, smiling, holding up the rock and roll hand gesture, representing a community project.
Street mural on building with the words 'The World is Yours', representing a community project.

About us

We have ambitious plans to put Southampton on the map, working across culture, festivals, events and tourism.

We want to help cultivate social, cultural and economic benefits for the city, working with communities and alongside a wide range of partners on programmes that share Southampton’s stories, showcase the city’s culture, and reflect its rich heritage.

Together we are committed to developing and growing new investment streams, driving our visitor economy, strengthening our creative industries and developing a programme of culture and events that brings our city together.

News and stories

22nd January 2024

Electronic Music Weekend: tickets on sale and workshops open for booking


12th September 2023

Car park transformed into urban street art gallery


9th November 2022

Southampton receives £11.5 million of Arts Council England funding


News and stories

Headshot of Laura Read, Interim Chair.

Laura Read – Chair of Trustees, Southampton Forward

“I was captured by the spirit and the passion on display during the Southampton City of Culture Bid for 2025. By bringing together Culture, Festivals and Events, and Tourism under one umbrella, we can harness the potential, creativity and ambition within Southampton, to achieve what we all know our city is capable of.”


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