Bristol Music Trust has announced when it will reveal Colston Hall’s new name, following a Black Lives Matter protest which saw the statue of Edward Colston removed and dumped into the harbour.
The venue has been closed since June 2018 to allow for a £48.8million redevelopment to take place, and will not be called Colston Hall when it reopens.
A new name was due to be announced in Spring following a “thorough and in-depth consultation process carried out with over 4,000 people from communities all across the city,” but Bristol Music Trust, the charity which runs the venue, said Covid-19 delayed its plans.
Today (June 8), the charity has said it hopes to announce a new name that is “right for both the hall and the city” in Autumn 2020.
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In a statement, its directors said: “We understand that the pace of change is important and we are working hard to adapt our plans through the pandemic.
“We aim to announce a new name that is right for both the Hall and the city in Autumn 2020.
“There are a number of steps we need to take between now and then, but as a demonstration of our commitment, one of these will be removing the external signage from the building.”
There were numerous protests and petitions calling for Bristol Music Trust to drop the association to Edward Colston before the charity announced it would do so as part of the redevelopment in 2017.
Many concertgoers and renowned acts, including Massive Attack, said they would not visit or play the venue due to links to the slave trader.
The statement shared today says the hall was “built 150 years after Colston died and was not founded with any of his money”.
It goes on to say: “The current name does not reflect our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation – we want it to be representative of the city, a beacon of its values of hope, diversity and inclusion.”
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The full statement can be read on Colston Hall’s website.
In June 2019 it was announced that Colston Hall’s reopening, initially scheduled for 2020, had been delayed until 2021 after further assessments uncovered the delicate Victorian structure of the building.