Southampton Festivals is a collaborative non-profit company – or as we say “For love not money” – committed to bringing good times, quality events, creative opportunities and economic benefits to Southampton. We aim to provide showcases and platforms for local artists, and opportunities for young creatives and freelancers. We work to bring new funding into the local arts sector and are trying to build stronger links between business and the local arts scene.
Southampton Festivals was set up in 2012 by Charlie Hislop and Tony Gumm, after having worked together previously on creating Music in the City, with the support of many people and organisations who want to bring Southampton to life and highlight the amazing culture we have hidden away in the city. Since then we have run SO:Fest twice, the Ejector Seat Arts Festival in 2013, and collaborated in introducing an inclusive St George’s Day celebration. In 2015 we launched SO: To Speak, Southampton’s Festival of Words.
Southampton Festivals offers advice and supports a variety of community-based festivals in the city, and is currently working with Culture Southampton to create a consortium of community-based festivals to support their development as a vital component of Southampton’s cultural calendar.
While we hope that we have helped a variety of artists get exposure and helped their careers, we also celebrate the opportunities to work that we have been able to offer young people, and in particular our work with Solent Creatives and our video partner Broken Physics Productions.