What's Next Southampton? Free festival empowering the vibrant youth community of Southampton. Saturday 24 June 2023 12 - 6pm. Cultural Quarter and Guildhall Square, So14 7DU.

What’s Next Southampton?

What’s Next Southampton? was a FREE arts, fashion and music festival for children, young people and families.

Free activities and live music spread across Guildhall Square and Cultural Quarter venues on Saturday 24 June 2023.

Green octagon shape sticker with text, Stop Blending In

The line-up was developed by our six Cultural Connectors, aged 17-26 years.

They explored what young people want in the city and teamed up with artists and organisations to create a colourful festival.

Creative and cultural partners from across Southampton joined forces to help the Cultural Connectors achieve their ambitions.

Bright orange circle with white text "What's Next Southampton? is an invitation to all children and young people in the city to come along and say what they'd like to see next." Cultural Connectors

Join In

African Drumming

Collaborative Mural

Give it a Go Music

Creative Writing workshops

Dance and theatre tasters

Skateboarding lessons


Live Music

Fashion Show

Vintage Stall


Visual Arts


Yellow diamond shape and quote "We want to provide a fun and enjoyable experience that makes young people feel good." Cultural Connectors
Programme cover with What's Next Southampton? logo and text What's On and Map.

Take a look at all the activities and performances that took place on the day.

Cultural Quarter Map

Map showing locations of festival venues.

1. MAST Mayflower Studios

2. John Hansard Gallery

3. City Eye

4. Central Library

5. Southampton City Art Gallery

6. Skate Zone

7. Creative Marketplace

The event was part of Connecting Culture, a ground-breaking project led by the University of Southampton and supported by Arts Council England.