New name

Welcome 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. An open invitation to the city for everyone to come and share in the joy of live music.

Why we are changing

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Since 1867 we have been at the heart of Bristol’s cultural life. We are so proud and grateful to have played such an important role in our city and the lives of our audiences for so long.

And now, in 2020, we have a new opportunity – a chance to acknowledge difficult parts of our past and look forward with hope towards our future.

We know that our former name, that of the slave trader Edward Colston, meant that not everyone has felt welcome or that they belong in their city’s concert hall. And if we can’t share the joy of live music with everyone, something must change.

Our organisation was founded long after Colston’s death, and has no direct connection to him, financial or otherwise. We can no longer be a monument to someone who played such a prominent role in the slave trade.

This is an opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to play our part in creating a fairer and more equal society.

We believe in the power of music to break down barriers and cross boundaries. Bristol Beacon will celebrate this in everything we do.

And with this new beginning, we can do more: providing opportunities to create and experience incredible music moments like never before. 

Welcome to Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Bristol's concert hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our Transformation Promise

We need to do more than just change our name.

Consultation Report

We've spoken to over 4,000 people, read our consultation report.

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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