Bristol BID and local independents launch #BristolTogether initiative

Bristol BID and local independents launch #BristolTogether initiative

Posted on: 08 Jul 2020

Organisers kicked things off yesterday with a huge art installation on Queen Square.


Businesses across Bristol have come together to unveil #BristolTogether, a new initiative launched to raise awareness of a safe reopening of the city and bring Bristolians back to the city centre.


Thought up alongside the Bristol City Centre BID team, the project will be kicking off throughout this week with a city-wide art installation featuring 374 giant hearts painted on several central green spaces.



With the help of Upfest, #BristolTogether went public yesterday (Tuesday 8 July) as a team of resident artists painted 224 hearts in Queen Square.


Each heart is approximately 3m wide with at least 2m distance from the next, to allow workers, shoppers and residents to safely return to outdoor spaces while also protecting vulnerable members of the community.


Images of the installation have already been widely shared on social media, with College Green and Castle Park set to receive the same treatment later this week.


It's hoped that the #BristolTogether project will help the city to recover from the coronavirus crisis as quickly and as strongly as possible, raising awareness of the retailers, restaurants, bars and attractions who are safely re-opening over the course of the coming weeks.


As government lockdown measures start to ease and people start to return to central workplaces, shared communal spaces and other parts of the city centre, the #BristolTogether team will be on hand to minimise risk wherever possible.



Speaking on the launch of the initiative, Keith Rundle, Operations Director at Bristol City Centre BID, said: “Since lockdown, we have been consulting throughout the city in a joint effort to reopen Bristol safely.


"This will be an ongoing process which helps workers return to their workplaces, as well as helping retailers, leisure and hospitality businesses to give confidence to their customers.


"We wanted to remind everyone that we have amazing green spaces right in the heart of the city which makes it the perfect place to meet outdoors while also supporting the city’s economy."


Head to the Bristol City Centre BID Facebook page for more #BristolTogether news and updates in the coming weeks.

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