Photo: What the inside of the re-vamped venue will look like.
To coincide with new renovations to the venue, Colston Hall will be changing it’s name. The Bristol Music Trust, who run the hall, have decided to drop the name of slave trader Edward Colston from the building’s name after listening to ‘a range of views’.
“We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall. The name Colston, and its associations with the slave trade, does not reflect our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation,” say the Trust in a post on the venue’s website.
The venue’s name has been protested for several years by many groups and musicians, including Massive Attack, who refused to play the venue. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees also condemned the venues continued association with Edward Colston saying “My Ancestors are from slaves, I’m not a fan of the name.”
Bristol Music Trust added: “We want everyone to feel like they can come to the Hall and enjoy our amazing music. So when we reopen the new building in 2020, it will be with a new name.”
A new name has not yet been decided.
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