Filwood to become creative hotspot

Procession with Ciromedia perfomers to Filwood Community Centre as part of the Filwood Fantastic launch. Pictures Marcus Way.

Residents, workers and volunteers at Filwood Community Centre have been celebrating after securing a grant  of £200,000 for the area for the next three years.  

The money will be used to creatively enhance both the centre – managed by Community in Partnership Knowle West – and the outside Broadway. 

The project, named  Filwood Fantastic, will be led by local people – and residents are being urged to get involved. 

The Big Lottery Fund, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust are working with over ten communities in the UK to deliver this Creative Civic Change. The partnership fund will “support communities to lead arts and creative projects that realise their own visions for their areas.” 

Project Lead Makala Cheung of Filwood Community Centre says: “The fund will be used to transform local spaces using creativity in order to bring people together, grow local pride, change perceptions about the area and nurture, support and showcase local creative talents.” 

 Creative ideas 

The project will include designing and making new features for Filwood Broadway – such as street furniture, lighting and signs. Spaces within the centre will also be improved, including new chair covers and curtains for the main hall. 

There is also money for local people to start their own creative groups, clubs or run a themed event.  Residents will also have plenty of opportunities to take part in dance, drama and community radio as well as arts and crafts and design activities. 

Further match funding is being sought to take some of the ideas further – including a regular Filwood market, crazy golf and Knowle West’s own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame along the Broadway.  

Knowle West Media Centre and KWMC: The Factory will be supporting residents  in the co-design with creative workshops. Other partnerships include Base Radio,  Tobacco Factory Theatres and Circomedia. 

Becky, local resident who was part of the group which helped to design Filwood Fantastic says: “…It’s amazing the project will have such a positive impact for the area with lots of things going on. I am so glad I was a part of it from the beginning.” 

Local councillor Chris Jackson says: “It’s a great opportunity for the area and residents. Wonderful how we have managed to get a large funded programme in Filwood and things are looking up for the future!” 

To get involved in Filwood Fantastic call Makala on 0117 914 9216  (Tues-Thurs),  email makala@filwoodcentre.org.uk or visit www.filwoodcentre.org.uk  to see the full programme as things are announced.