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A New Song for Bristol

A celebration of Bristol’s creativity through the coronavirus pandemic.

Launched in 2020, A New Song for Bristol is a project that called on the public to covey their experiences of living in Bristol during the coronavirus pandemic through words and music.

After receiving hundreds of entries from Bristolians of all ages, communities, and backgrounds, we transformed these stories into new musical commissions, collaborative musical projects, and a 42ft visual artwork installed onto the outside of Bristol Beacon.

A young woman with dark hear wearing a dark coat and red lipstick, artist Parys Gardener, stands in front of A New Song for Bristol mural.

A New Song For Bristol artwork unveiled

Read more about the mural created by Parys Gardener and the final artistic expression of our landmark A New Song For Bristol project.

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Watch commissioned songs

This project has brought about collaborations with a diverse range of Bristol artists and collectives, including Kayla Painter and KALA CHNG, This is the Kit and Bucky, Lady Nade, Javeon, Grove, and composer, musician and associate director of Paraorchestra, Lloyd Coleman.

Project supporters and funders

The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, as well as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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