Over 300 people turn out for Knowle West Fest fun!

Knowle West Fest was started in 2015 to bring the community together and “celebrate different ages, cultures and talents across the area”. This year was the third festival organised by Knowle West Together – a group of local organisations working to improve the area. 

Reporter Jess Linnington went along to experience the event for herself.

With everything from face painting and a Jamaican kitchen to pom-pom making and live performances – a bit of bad weather didn’t stop crowds turning out for Knowle West Fest.

Held at Filwood Community Centre on Saturday September 9, the event saw community members and local organisations come together to provide a day filled with fun activities and entertainment.

Chief Executive of rework Vicky Beckwith, who coordinated the running of Knowle West Fest this year, commented: “Over 300 people attended the event. Despite the weather, I think everyone had a great time.”

Local celebrity-in-the-making Daniel Quick (19), who recently appeared on X Factor, took to the stage to sing Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. Asked whether he was more nervous about performing here or for the X Factor judges, he commented “It’s nerve wracking, but fun. I was more nervous here because I know people!”.

Daniel is also a member of Knowle West Arts Promotion which runs a tap, modern and drama class for local children. Led by Daniel, the group also did a performance at the festival – involving tap dancing to Abba!

Tap dance by Knowle West Arts Promotion, led by Daniel Quick

Facepainting was a huge hit with all the kids – local company Birfdee Wishes not only provided some incredible designs, but also had a well-stocked dressing up box and photo booth so kids could really run away with their imaginations.

Birfdee Wishes face painting and photo booth; Gracie May (8), Serenity (6) and Ella (8)

Also at the event was the ‘Health Zone’, where local groups and organisations were keen to educate people about healthy living through fun activities.

Avon Wildlife Trust, which runs regular sessions on the Northern Slopes, was teaching visitors about local wildlife and giving the opportunity to make bird feeders out of wicker. Check out the gallery below to see what else happened on the day!