Mayflower 400 was due to run throughout 2020, but due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, experienced delays and extensions through into 2021. In Southampton, our programme launched in March 2020 with 1000 young people taking part in Southampton Music Hub’s, A Musical Odyssey, presented in partnership with Mayflower Theatre. There was then a pause during lockdown, but we picked up again in time for the August 2020 anniversary and ran through till June 2021.
On this website you will find an account of all the fantastic projects delivered across the city during this time. This includes large scale art, music and dance commissions, a community heritage programme, videos and digital materials, educational and learning materials, art exhibitions, and much more. A short film, capturing the essence of Mayflower 400 in Southampton can be seen here.
Southampton is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2025, this is a huge opportunity for the city to celebrate the wealth of cultural activity already taking place, showcase the city’s diversity and use these to address some of the challenges the city is facing. This is about celebrating what this city has and using the journey to achieve our ambitions as a city.
To find out more about Southampton’s bid to become City of Culture 2025, visit their website.