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Knowle West Fest welcomed back with host of music and activities

Everybody Dance Now performing at Filwood Community Centre and (above) Bristol Reggae Orchestra. All pictures Ibolya Feher.

Resident and one of organisers Claudia Collins writes about the event

On Saturday October 1 residents came together for the long-awaited Knowle West Fest – held for the first time in real life in three years!  

From 12-8pm Filwood Community Centre and the Broadway were a buzz with music and activity.  Visitors walked around the centre clutching puppets that they had made in a workshop with local artist Tessa Bide, with food packs under their arms to take home to make a chow main provided by the Square Food Foundation.  

Puppet making workshop with artist Tessa Bide.
Young people at a cookery workshop run by Square Food Foundation.

Local dance group Everybody Dance Now taught everyone the Knowle West Bling – as radio presenters Martin Evans and Steve Yabsley were broadcasting the festival live on Radio Bristol.  

The festival was broadcast live on Radio Bristol.

As well as the sounds of all the amazing music including 3 Culture, Chelsea Watts, Lakedown and Capriella to name a few – laughter from the crazy golf and the sound of the SS Great Britain’s rocket launch filled the air. 

3Culture performance and (below) members of the band Lakedown.
Crazy golf in Filwood Community Centre’s courtyard and (below) rocket launching run by staff from SS Great Britain.

Outside on Barnstaple Road the local ice cream van, Enjoy Coffee (from St Johns lane) and the newly established Buckaroo Boys served up yummy treats to festival goers.  

Marshmallows were melted on an open fire with the local scout group, wood was turned and doors and windows caulked with re:work.

Kind flags’ were made with local artist Julian Wood – while mantra cards were slipped into pockets, made with Daisy from Bone Idle.

Paint was poured from great heights onto wooden blocks and a sofa from Knowle West Media Centre’s We can Make project with the Bristol Mural Collective; cyanotype’s were left in the sun then developed in the onsite dark room and bookmarks were made with Rachel from Mental Health Mates.  

Filwood Community Market taking place in the sports hall.

In the sports hall the local market run by Kevin Williams was full of stalls and activities from Fruit and Veg with Ben Griffiths and his annual Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin competition to the famous Filwood scotch eggs served up by Kerry’s baked goods stall. 

The café space showcased the creations of the Filwood Fantastic Art Club – a project with Bristol Museum – and on the other side of the building festival goers took part in an embroidery workshop, a yoga session and had a chance to learn more about bats!  

Filwood Fantastic Art Club showcase with Claudia (back right) and mantras being created with Bone Idle.

People were able to post Knowle West Fest postcards to those that couldn’t make it – and a Zoom room and live stream were also shared for people to festival from home!

Singer Kala Chng performing with her blend of Chinese pop and (below )poet
Ifẹ Grillo.
DJ Gangster Steve with his evening set. All performances were live streamed.

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