Knowle West Fest 2020

The annual festival began in 2015 and celebrates the talent, creativity and community of Knowle West. We’re excited to announce that the 2020 festival will be happening online on Saturday 12 September, from 1-11pm. You’ll be able to watch performances, enjoy music and DJs, and stream workshops and classes from the comfort of your home – for free!

All Day

The Anarchist’s Mobile Library

Based on the successful interactive theatre show of the same name, children and their families can experience an exciting theatrical experience at home. On the day of Knowle West Fest, families will be able to choose a story to explore (or explore all of them!) You’ll be guided through the adventure by a narrator as you use your imaginations and props from your home to bring the story to life! From 8am on the day of Knowle West Fest you’ll be able to sign up to receive a link to play!

By Tessa Bide

Knowle West is Sweet!

Artist Claudia Collins from Knowle West Beaches will be out and about on the streets of Knowle West during the Festival.  We’ll be catching up with her throughout the day via live stream.

Workshop (Advance booking)

How to Become a Full Time Artist

Join renowned DJ Krust of Disruptive Patterns for a special two-hour workshop for creatives; you’ll be supported to explore ‘how to become a full time artist, make projects people will love and take your career to the next level.’ The session is free to attend and will take place online from 2-4pm. Participants will be sent a link to access the online space on the day. There are a limited number of places so register here and benefit from Krust’s coaching and expertise! 

With Krust of Disruptive Patterns
Website / Facebook

Live Stream Programme

1 – 1.30pm

Stories from Friends of Filwood Gardening Group, Knowle West Kindness Rocks and South Bristol Children’s Centre.

Nursery rhymes for children with South Bristol Children’s Centre.

The Art of Kindness: Join artist Julian Wood in an interactive video and find out more about the Art of Kindness project and how you can create your own Kindness Art.

1.30 – 2pm

Make With Meg: Mini Golf LIVE

Over the summer, Meg has been hosting virtual ClubHouse meetings for her neighbours as they create DIY golf courses to tell the stories of their households. The designs have inspired a REAL LIFE Mini Golf course that’s currently being built by re:work’s talented craftsman Nic Marshall. Join Meg in a Knowle West Fest Make With Meg Special and pick up some top tips to make your own mini golf hole. There will also be a competition for the best mini golf obstacle made at Knowle West Fest!

With Megan Clark-Bagnall
Website / Instagram: @filwoodfantasticminigolf

2 – 2.30pm

Perfect Soul

Chelsea and Sam will bring us a live acoustic set featuring modern and classic pop, soul and R&B covers, with Chelsea on vocals and Sam on keys.

2.30 – 3pm

Yoga with Kelly – Chair Yoga

Join Kelly for a free chair yoga class.

With Kelly Sheldrick
Website / Facebook

3 – 3.30pm

Portraits & Lantern Making

Alan May and Ruth Myers have been working with children, staff and parents at Christ the King and Greenfield E-Act Academy schools to create lanterns that will be displayed in and around Filwood Broadway later this year as part of the Walk of Hearts and Stars. At Knowle West Fest, Alan and Ruth will demonstrate a series of craft techniques for creating portraits and decorating lanterns that you can try at home.

3.30 – 4pm

Live acoustic music from Rapha Ghetti (Jump Studios).

Comedy short Thank You For Your Patience by Luke Dean.

4 – 5pm

Gruffalo Storytime with South Bristol Children’s Centre.

Live music.

5 – 6pm

Bristol Reggae Orchestra

Established in 2010, Bristol Reggae Orchestra are a group of amateur musicians who meet regularly to rehearse and perform music of Jamaican origin, under professional music direction. At Knowle West Fest, you can enjoy a performance they recorded during COVID-19 lockdown.

Website / Facebook / Instagram: @BristolReggae

Stories from Young & Free, Jim – Filwood Tree Champion, Knit & Natter, Amicus Foster Care.

6 – 6.30pm

Yoga with Kelly – Family Yoga

A free session the whole family to enjoy: put on some comfy clothes and join Kelly for some feel-good fun and movement.

With Kelly Sheldrick
Website / Facebook

6.30 – 7pm

Music from elsuie

Please note: this live stream will contain flashing images

7 – 8.15pm

Film Screening and Question & Answer session with Cables + Cameras

A leading voice in Bristol’s independent film community, Cables + Cameras supports filmmakers and creatives from BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) backgrounds into film, and runs a range of film projects. Founder Gary Thompson recently worked with Knowle West Media Centre to develop a creative event exploring the musical heritage of South Bristol. We’re delighted to be screening a series of short films by emerging creatives and award winning filmmakers at Knowle West Fest 2020.

Founder: Gary Thompson
Website / Instagram: @CablesCameras

8.30 – 9pm


Kala is a music artist from Knowle West who makes pop with a Chinese twist and has been described as ‘a Chinese Lady Gaga’. Her singles have featured on stations across the globe, including BBC Introducing, and she recently performed in Trafalgar Square, London.

Website / Facebook / Instagram:KalaChng

9 – 10pm

DJ Bunjy

A sought-after Bristol-based DJ, Bunjy has performed across Europe and America. In 2002, he formed Laid Blak with MC Joe Peng. The Laid Blak sound takes inspiration from Ska and Reggae but has often been described as ‘street soul’: ‘fun-filled sunshine dance music that keeps your feet moving and your face smiling!’

Facebook / Instagram: DJBunjy

10 – 11pm

DJ Gangster Steve

Steve brings a positive message and a mix of modern and classic songs and Drum & Bass to Knowle West Fest this year.

FREE Festival Packs

The festival team have designed a special festival pack for making, creating and celebrating at home! Knowle West residents can register for a free festival pack containing craft materials and treats made by local artists. Sign up online here – the deadline to register for a pack is Thursday 10 September 2020.

There are a limited number of packs available so register soon to avoid disappointment! Packs will be delivered to your home before the festival. Please note: we can only provide one festival pack per household. Delivery is to Knowle West households only.

More Info

Organising the festival is a collaborative effort, with local organisations and residents working together.  Every year one organisation takes responsibility for coordinating the planning, and in 2020 it’s Knowle West Media Centre’s turn!

For more info email Josephine or Martha at KWMC or call 0117 903 0444.


Knowle West Fest 2020 is coordinated by Knowle West Media Centre and part of #FilwoodFantastic – a collaboration between Filwood Community Centre, Knowle West Media Centre and KWMC The Factory, which is funded by Creative Civic Change and Bristol City Council (Imagination Arts Fund).