Colston Hall and Bristol Culture join forces to host mayoral hustings

12 07 2012

Colston Hall and Bristol Culture are joining forces to host a mayoral hustings in the run-up to November’s vote for Bristol’s first elected mayor. On Thursday, November 1, exactly two weeks before Bristol goes to the polls to elect a mayor, Hall 2 at Colston Hall will be the setting for the first officially announced mayoral hustings.

The main candidates hoping to become Bristol mayor will come together to discuss the most important issues that matter to the people of Bristol, with the arts as its focus but not sole theme, rather like the ethos of Bristol Culture.

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Music Trust, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this mayoral hustings in partnership with Bristol Culture and look forward to welcoming the candidates and people of Bristol into Colston Hall.

“Bristol Music Trust, the organisation that now runs the Hall, is passionate about bringing the best music and cultural events to Bristol so I’m pleased that this thought-provoking debate discussing the arts in the city is taking place in our venue.”

Martin Booth from Bristol Culture added: “Bristol’s first elected mayor will be able to enact huge change in this city, so it is vitally important that the Bristol electorate should be able to quiz each of the candidates in order to make an informed decision on who should receive their vote.

“I am thrilled to be joining forces with Colston Hall to host this mayoral hustings, which will hopefully be the first of many to take place in the run-up to the mayoral election on November 15.

“To get the best mayor for this great city we need to have a passionate and informed debate. The hustings in Colston Hall in partnership with Bristol Culture will enable the Bristol electorate to put their questions directly to the candidates before putting that all-important cross in a box a fortnight later.”

The hustings at Colston Hall in partnership with Bristol Culture takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 7pm.

Tickets are free and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. More details about the event will be announced on Colston Hall’s website and here on Bristol Culture.

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7 08 2012
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[…] really quite shocked in particular by the implication that we might have been criticising the hustings being organised by the Bristol Culture blog. I’ve heard of lots of different hustings being discussed or planned so far, so to single […]

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