This week’s edition of The Big Issue includes a free 24-page magazine celebrating the vibrant and diverse culture in Southampton, which has just been announced as one of the final eight contenders in the UK City of Culture 2025 bid process.
Created in partnership with GO! Southampton, and packed with voices from the city talking about its famed street art, music and skate culture, 125,000 copies of the free publication were dropped through letterboxes in Southampton in September.
This all coincided with the new Re:Claim Street Festival, which took over the streets of Southampton on 25 September in a celebration of this exciting side of the city’s cultural communities.
Now the mini-magazine is publishing UK-wide with all editions of The Big Issue, so the rest of the country can find out more about the energy and diversity that’s making Southampton really stand out as a beacon of optimism and positivity in 2021 and beyond.
The magazine includes an interview with Claire Whitaker OBE, Bid Director for the SO25 UK City of Culture campaign, in which she points out that – while she’s confident of the strength of Southampton’s bid – the process itself is already having positive impacts on the city: “Culture is about telling Southampton’s story to the people of Southampton, the people of the UK and the rest of the world.”
There’s an interview with hip-hop stars and Re:Claim Street Festival headliners FooR, whose music has found international recognition recently being used in beer ads and inspiring an Instagram workout by Tyson Fury.