Posted on January 15, 2019

Cultural City Conference 2019

The second annual Cultural City Conference is set to return to Southampton on 28 June 2019 across two of the city’s venues: Nuffield Southampton Theatres City (NST City) and The Spark, Solent Conference Centre. 

The conference will bring together all sectors of Southampton’s community, including academics, artists and members of the public, to discuss the future of culture in Southampton and set a flight path for its bid to become 2025 City of Culture. 

This year’s theme, as well as a call out for submissions and suggestions, will be announced later in 2019. 

Ticket prices, bursary opportunities, speakers, panels and workshops to be announced soon. Keep an eye on our website for developments.

James Gough, Director of the Southampton Cultural Development Trust, said: 

“I’m delighted to announce the second annual Cultural City Conference in Southampton. We hope to continue to build on the success of the 2018 event, and encourage further partnership and collaboration between as many members of the community as possible as we seek to establish Southampton as a major cultural destination.”


Councillor Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Southampton City Council said:

 “Southampton City Council is committed to working collaboratively with partners to harness Southampton’s locally distinctive culture and heritage as part of our ambitions for creating a place that people are proud to live in and visit, bringing greater prosperity and opportunity for current and future generations.  Building on considerable partnership investment to date, we look forward to continuing our dynamic journey with artists, cultural and heritage organisations, communities, businesses and our learning institutions as we look to a compelling future.”


Professor Julie Hall, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Solent University, said: 

“Southampton is home to a vibrant and growing cultural scene and it is great to see local partners coming together to celebrate and further develop the city’s offer. Our community of staff, students and alumni play an active role in supporting Southampton’s cultural community and I can’t wait to for us to build on last years successful event.”


Louise Coysh, Associate Director (Arts and Culture), University of Southampton said:

“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with our partners to deliver the second Cultural City conference in 2019. At the University of Southampton, our arts and culture offer enriches people’s lives, gives opportunities for discovery, increases engagement, connectivity and wellbeing for our students, staff and diverse communities.

“Building on last year’s conference, we are looking forward to an open conversation with the city’s communities, including children and young people, about the role arts and culture can play in fulfilling Southampton’s potential and growing reputation as a brilliant place to live, work, study and visit.”


We look forward to welcoming you to the conference in June.