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Archive for October, 2016

Retro tech meets virtual reality

 This half term the futuristic world of virtual reality will collide with the nostalgic realm of console gaming as the South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo returns for its second year.

On Saturday 22 and 23 October Knowle West Media Centre will host a celebration of gaming, digital media and art which will bring together retro games and new technology.

  • Do you grab your headset and enter a new digital world when you game?
  • Do you remember the days of consoles and cartridges, and Sonic vs Mario?
  • Or do you prefer your games to have boards and pieces, with no tech in sight?!

The South Bristol Gaming & Anime Expo is suitable for all ages and will include a retro gaming area (featuring consoles including SEGA Megadrive and Nintendo64), a board game station, cardboard arcade, and an opportunity to try new virtual reality technologies.

There will also be a gallery exhibition of emerging artists, screenings of anime films, workshops exploring comic production, and a chance to have your photo taken in a pop-up studio.

The event runs from 10am-5pm on 22 and 23 October. Young people aged 19 and under go free and adult tickets cost £5 in advance.  Tickets can be booked online at and under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact Mena Fombo, Young People’s Programme Manager, on 0117 903 0444 or e-mail

Brilliant Bob shortlisted as Trustee of the Year

This week we were delighted to discover that one of our trustees, Bob Fisher, has been shortlisted for the Trustee of the Year award at this year’s ‘Voscurs’.

The Social Impact awards are run by Voscur, a charity that provides direct support services and specialist advice to voluntary organisations and social enterprises across Bristol.

Bob is a Knowle West resident who has devoted much of his life to supporting disability sport and volunteering as an official at the Paralympics.  He is involved with many organisations across the Knowle West and he became a trustee of Knowle West Media Centre in 2012.  He has been an invaluable asset to us ever since!

As well as his advisory work as a trustee and his support in regularly promoting our work, Bob is actively involved in delivering projects here.  He is a member of the advisory group for SPHERE, which meets to inform the planning of the health and technology project, in partnership with University of Bristol.

A former lightweight boxer, Bob also helped to coordinate the meetings of the Sporting Memories network, which took place every week over several years at KWMC.  He invited his contacts to come along and attended each week, picking people up on the way!

Please join us to thank and recognise Bob for his commitment to social inclusion in Knowle West and beyond: you can #VoteforBob and find out more about his tireless work here.

Find out more about becoming a trustee of KWMC here.

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Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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