This bid is ours. And when we say “ours”, we mean all of us in Southampton. We want this bid to be inclusive. We want to get the whole city involved.
A huge part of the bidding process is listening to and understanding each other. To do this, we run a consultation phase. This gives us all the chance to get together and discuss opportunities in Southampton, challenges in Southampton, and everything in between! We want to learn about how ‘what we do’ shapes ‘who we are’ as a city – what culture means to us.
So we need you. We need your ideas and opinions, as well as your creativity.
You can begin to tell your story now and help to shape the bid by:
Completing the short online questionnaire: this will help us better understand the diversity of life and activity within the city.
Sharing a photo, story, or video about a place in Southampton that matters to you, we are calling this Our Southampton.
Signing up for a focus group to discuss your thoughts and ideas in more detail.
These steps mark the start of a conversation across the city. In the coming weeks we will be offering new and different ways of getting involved and sharing information. The judges will be visiting Southampton in May/June 2021, our final bid has to be submitted in September and the winner will be announced in December 2021. So we have a lot to do over the next year!
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