THE line-up has been announced for a Southampton festival which aims to spotlight the city’s diverse cultural heritage.

This month Re:Claim Street Festival in Southampton is kicking off with the unveiling of a showstopping schedule of events that will underscore the city’s diverse cultural heritage.

In a boost to Southampton’s City of Culture 2025 bid, the mostly free-to-attend event will enable some of the region’s vibrant cultures to celebrate their arts and musical backgrounds, including Caribbean-influenced and Hip-Hop offerings and is due to take place on Saturday, September 25.

Organised by GO! Southampton, the new festival is set to showcase the city’s best sporting and artistic talent, with a programme of activity including live music, dance performances, gaming, street art, skateboarding and street football.

Activities and events on the day include:

  • Jerk Jam Soundclash – a sound “battle” between two of the city’s best-known Caribbean-influenced sound systems: Maka Foundation and Headsessions.
  • SLAMMA4 - a celebration of skateboarding, featuring fun and free skateboarding challenges and lessons. Watch the square come alive with uniquely designed obstacles and plenty of opportunities to take part.
  • Street Jam – live street art with The WOM Collective and South Coast Graff with opportunities to get involved or watch permanent installations as they are created.
  • Four music container stages – hosted by SoCo Music Project, Our Big Day Out, Hip Hop Heritage and BBC Music Introducing local artists set to perform on the day include Isla Croll, Mauvey, Collective States, Stevo, Georgia Turnbull and Mystic Peach.
  • Live performances from ZoieLogic Dance Theatre’s nationally acclaimed male youth dance company, FuzzyLogic and Just Us Dance Theatre’s Born to Protest which aims to dismantle presumptions about the black male and female figure based on intimidation, danger and isolation.
  • Freestyle football with displays by Soccer Aid star Harriett Pavlou, alongside world record holder Ben Nuttall, Reading FC Freestyler Taylor Macdonald, pro freestyler Shannon Ghee and Panna Cage player Anthony Antoniou.
  • Games galore inside a gaming marquee – and on board a double decker bus! The Re:Claim Gaming Hub features a variety of games from the very modern to retro classics – plus there’s £500 of prizes up for grabs.

The stunning Luminarium by Architects of Air will see visitors immersed in an amazing world of light and subtle and saturated hues for a unique sensory experience which has astounded audiences across the globe.

The festival will be rounded off in style with a tremendous Finale Takeover by FooR & Tyrone - Southampton’s biggest UK Garage act just one week after their appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Activities will stretch from Carlton Place down to Westquay Esplanade, with events planned to take place in Guildhall Square, Above Bar Street, Bargate and the city’s popular parks: East Park and Palmerston Park.