Central Hall Westminster is to join a worldwide initiative to mark the 70-year anniversary of the formation of the United Nations (UN). The London venue will project blue (the official UN colour) light across the building. It is the only English landmark joining the global initiative.
It was 70 years ago that the inaugural meeting of the UN took place in the Westminster venue.
A selection of iconic monuments, buildings and landmarks across the world, including the Sydney Opera House and the Great Pyramids of Giza, will also be projecting blue light across their facades on ‘UN Day’, 24 October.
Central Hall Westminster hosted the first General Assembly of the newly formed United Nations, a meeting that saw the appointment of the first Secretary General, along with the creation of the Security Council and the International Court of Justice. Fifty-one member countries sent delegations and Prime Minister Clement Attlee welcomed the UN to “this ancient home of liberty and order”.
Central Hall Westminster MD Paul Southern said: “We are extremely proud of the great heritage of our venue. The inaugural meeting of the United Nations is certainly a stand-out event in our history, so we look forward to representing the UK’s celebrations of the anniversary by turning the venue blue – something that will certainly be a first for Central Hall!”
The celebrations can be followed on social media via @CentralHall and @UN, as well as with the hashtag #UN70.
Over the road at Church House Conference Centre, meanwhile, the venue has been hosting the latest in the Spectator Speakers Series with Melvyn Bragg.
Bragg discussed his latest novel Now is the Time, at the 14 October event. Church House will also be the host venue for another Spectator Events discussion on 15 November, when the audience will discuss ‘Is the BBC really a national treasure?’, chaired by Andrew Neil, editor-in-chief of The Spectator Magazine Group and presenter of The Daily Politics, Sunday Politics and This Week.
Robin Parker, general manager of Church House Conference Centre, added: “The events held by The Spectator are always thought provoking and cover a range of interesting topics. The evening with Melvyn Bragg was certainly no different and attracted a large audience. We are delighted to continue our relationship with Spectator Events and look forward to hosting their next event here in November.”