A beacon can be a warning, a signal or celebration, with the new name of Bristol Beacon aiming to be a focal point for music in the city.
The new name for the Colston Hall was revealed in a live event streamed from the building on Wednesday morning, with the name itself first said in a new poem written by city poet Vanessa Kisuule.
Bristol Music Trust, the organisation behind the Bristol Beacon, hopes that the new name and transformation of the venue will signal a new beginning.
Bristol Beacon will hope to draw people into the new hall, welcoming everyone to the space.
“It’s such a powerful building at the centre of our city,” said Bristol mayor Marvin Rees. “It’s so important for us to build a city for everyone.”
In her speech, Bristol Music Trust chief executive Louise Mitchell said: “This morning I am warmly welcoming you to Bristol Beacon.
“A symbol of hope and community. A focal point for music in the city. A gathering space, illuminating the way ahead. A place of welcome, warmth and light.
“We’re giving an open invitation to the city for everyone to come and share in the joy of live music. I look forward to developing our future with you.”
Bristol Beacon’s ‘transformation promise’ will be “a newly developed manifesto for change” which includes a commitment from the organisation to improve the diversity of their audiences, programme and workforce.
Part of this work will be enabled by a project in partnership with Paul Hamlyn Foundation, who are investing £400,000 into a programme of community-led activity centred around the reopening of the venue.
The coming weeks will see a major new citywide music project, A New Song for Bristol, inviting the people of the city to contribute to a musical archive of Bristol’s experiences of this historic year and their hopes for the future.
Main photo by Martin Booth