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📰 Summer in the Square

    • Summer in the Square

    Summer in the Square - Photo Credit: Working drawing of the pavilion by Markus Bergström

    • Huddlehood

    Huddlehood - Photo Credit: Artist: Rhona Byrne

The Cultural Quarter will host a series of free music events, performances and activities for all the family.
 
From mid-July through to the end of the summer holidays in early September, Southampton’s Cultural Quarter – Guildhall Square – will host a series of free music events, performances and activities for all the family. With new artworks commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, the season will animate the Square and welcome audiences to the cultural hub of the city. 
 
Under the banner of Summer in the Square, local residents, shoppers, office workers and visitors are being encouraged to look out for the new arts installations and events that will include: 
 
- A specially commissioned circular pavilion designed by Markus Bergström that will host music, art, performance and community events throughout August. When not being used for performances the pavilion will be a great place to meet friends and family or just somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine. 
 
- Vibrant and interactive installations including Huddlehood, a series of wearable yellow artworks by Rhona Byrne, and a colourful banner installation by David Batchelor utilising local sail-making skills. 
 
Summer in the Square is funded by Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery, Culture Ireland, Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, and Go! Southampton. The programme will be delivered by the John Hansard Gallery in partnership with Nuffield Southampton Theatres, City Eye and Culture Southampton with the support of local venues and promoters including The Social, The Loft, Switch, Soul 45s, Club Psychedelia, Saints Brass, and Playlist