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Bristol Venue Drops Slave Trader's Name After Protests
Christian Eede , April 26th, 2017 16:02

A campaign calling upon Colston Hall to change its name drew support from Massive Attack and other locals

Bristol venue Colston Hall will change its name after a campaign against the name's connection to 17th century slave trader Edward Colston.

The campaign calling upon the venue to change its name drew support from Massive Attack amongst others - their boycott of the venue has lasted over two decades.

Announcing the change, a statement on the venue's website said: "The name Colston, and its associations with the slave trade, does not reflect our values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation." Louise Mitchell, the chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust – which is responsible for the venue – described the name as a "toxic brand".

Edward Colston was responsible for transporting more than 100,000 slaves to work in America and the Caribbean during the 17th century while working as deputy governor of the Royal African Company.

The venue will close for refurbishment during 2019, and will then consult with artists, staff and members of the community in order to agree on a new name for the venue when it re-opens in 2020.