April, you're definitely a busy, heavy month...
Now, this is what I call social change!
I believe the point is not to rename every street in England, and certainly not to "erase" or "bury" history as some haters have written, but the thing is that Bristol's music scene owes a lot to Caribbean musicians.
And the main auditorium made most of them feel uncomfortable to go in. So it was a symbolic gesture, to highlight the role of diaspora in British culture.
I think the points made by arguments about whitewashing history are ridiculous, it's the contrary.
We cannot erase Edward Colston from all over Bristol, but the music hall's name is considered as an wound by Caribbean musicians.
But regarding the music hall, it's a choice for peace. For the voices that have felt so well touring all over the world, and so bad when home and invited there.
But obviously, no one would ever name a cultural venue after a war crime perpetrator! Of course naming a concert hall after somebody is glorifying that person. Opposing this change is absurd.
The port, harbour, boats, major buildings reminding of slavery won't disappear.
Naming the Harbourside's Pero Bridge is, on the contrary, the right way to remind people of their history...
The concert hall might be renamed the Sierra Leone Hall....
Read my book for more!
For now, in The Guardian:
Concert venue that hosted the Beatles, David Bowie and Bob Dylan will reopen with a new name following refurbishment
link to article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk
Pour infos, pour les francophones, quelques détails de contexte ci-dessous, et bien sûr toute l'histoire dans mon livre :