The people of Bristol are being invited by Bristol Music Trust, the charity which runs Colston Hall, to have their say on the £48.8 million transformation to take place on the music venue.
The plan for Colston Hall is to reopen in two years as a world class music venue with a new name and look.
Colston Hall’s name change was provoked due to erroneous perceptions of an association with former slave-trader Edward Colston. A controversial debate over the commemoration of Colston, who was never a benefactor of the hall, led to a unanimous vote for a name change by the Board of the Bristol Music Trust in order to steer attention back to music.
To aid the transformation process, the charity is inviting the people to share their opinions as part of the Together Through Music Campaign either through an online survey, or a series of community consultation days in the new year paired with artistic projects and events.
Louise Mitchell, the Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust spoke on some of the plans, including the main room, the lantern, and the cellar which will be open for the first time in 150 years.
To take part in the online survey starting on November 14 and ending on Wednesday, December 12, visit the Together Through Music Page or you can take part in one of the community consultation days which will take place from 9am – 8pm on:
Thursday, 31 January – Redland United Reformed Church, Redland
Monday, 4 February–Easton Community Centre, Easton
Tuesday, 5 February – Knowle West Media Centre, Knowle West
Thursday 7 February – St Paul’s Learning Centre, St Paul’s
Monday 12 February – Greenway Centre, Southmead
Although there’s no exact date for the reopening of the venue, it will be open sometime in 2020.