Glittering handmade disco balls have appeared in Bristol’s streets this week to mark the last stage of reopening the city’s businesses, as part of the #LoveBristol campaign from Bristol City Centre BID.
A shimmering giant pink disco heart was the first to be installed on King Street, followed by giant disco balls on Corn Street, St Nicholas Street, Harbourside and Frogmore Street, bringing sparkle to the city this summer.
This marks this much anticipated time when all businesses including those in the later nighttime economy, are able to re-open and safely welcome people back. The installations also reflect the sunlight adding to a sense of brightness and joy as the city continues on its path to recovery.
The ‘Love Songs To the City’ street banners were illuminated from 19 July, inviting Bristolians and visitors to the city to sing along to some of the world’s most iconic love songs as they spend their evenings socialising in the city centre businesses. Dining, chatting, drinking and dancing are all now open to be safely enjoyed in Bristol.
Vicky Lee, Head of Bristol City Centre BID explains;
“Bristol is a city of music and culture with worldwide recognition for our amazing restaurants, bars and venues. The restrictions of the last 18 months have seen many of these businesses hardest hit and many are fully opening for the first time again this week. This latest addition to our #Love Bristol campaign sends a message of joy and togetherness
“Bristol has really embraced the #LoveBristol campaign, ensuring that we enjoy the city centre, whilst being respectful of each other and putting safety at the heart of everything we do.”
These bespoke installations have been specially made in Bristol to send twinkling lights into Bristol’s pedestrianised and low traffic areas throughout the daytime and evening. King Street’s pink heart shaped installation continues the love theme which began in June 2020 with hearts in parks.
The #LoveBristol campaign is spearheaded by the Bristol City Centre BID supported by Visit Bristol. Each location of the #LoveBristol Disco Balls and Love Songs To The City can be found on the Visit Bristol website, as well as a Spotify playlist to enjoy alongside the lyrics on the streets.
As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions start to ease, #LoveBristol is a year-long initiative that sees the city working together to support retailers, hospitality businesses and the wider community to recover from the pandemic. It is supported by Business West, the new Redcliffe and Temple BID, Cabot Circus and Broadmead BID, in partnership with the One City Economy Board and Bristol City Council.