Booking open: What’s Next Southampton?

  • Free summer festival for children, young people and families
  • Saturday 24 June, 12 – 6pm
  • Guildhall Square and Cultural Quarter Venues, SO14 7DU

What’s Next Southampton? is a free arts, fashion and music festival for children, young people and families. Free activities and performances will spread across the square and Cultural Quarter venues.

The line-up is brought to you by six Cultural Connectors, aged 17-26 years. They’ve explored what young people want in the city and created a colourful festival.

Enjoy indie music from Belle Dame Band as well as rap and R&B from Amy Da Silva, Leah Tolksdorf Music, and LawZzy.

Have a go at African Drumming or Bollywood Dancing. Step inside an inflatable ‘brain dome’. Join in with creative writing, theatre and music workshops. Build your contacts with creative careers talks and networking. Or test your balance with a skateboarding drop-in.

With vintage clothing to browse and a collaborative mural to colour, the square will be alive with creativity!

Book your free place

You’ll gain access to advance programme notifications and entry into a prize draw

The event is part of Connecting Culture, a ground-breaking project led by the University of Southampton and supported by Arts Council England, Southampton City Council and MAST Mayflower Theatre.

Interviewing the Connecting Culture Artist Facilitators #1: Natalie Watson

In order to get to know the Artist Facilitators that will be running our Creative Consultation workshops, we have interviewed each of them to gain an insight into their practice, their roles in the Connecting Culture project and to hear their advice for aspiring young creatives.

First up we have Natalie Watson, contemporary dance artist, who works collaboratively with a variety of arts organisations to create accessible dance for all. We hope you enjoy the video!

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