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The We Can Make Chat Show: Live

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Filwood Commnity Centre, Barnstaple Road

What if communities had the power to create the housing they need? Join UK pioneers as they discuss getting beyond the housing crisis.

We Can Make, No Bindings and Bristol Community Land Trust present a special Festival of the Future City episode of The We Can Make Chat Show.


5:45 – 6:45pm – Live Show at Filwood Community Centre Boxing Gym, Bristol, BS4 1JP
6:45 – 8pm – After Show Drinks and Food at the We Can Make prototype home (Cash bar)

Tickets are £5 (plus booking fee). Knowle West residents can attend the event for free.

Ticket price includes a drink on arrival.


Knowle West was the future of housing 100 years ago when it was founded as the ‘5000 island forest’: 5000 homes on a hill on the edge of Bristol, all designed according to Garden City principles.

It is proving to be the future of housing again as the community experiments with new, citizen-led approaches to creating affordable housing using local know-how and resources as part of the We Can Make initiative.

Knowle West is not alone. More and more communities across the UK are doing it for themselves and making sure they – and not developers – call the shots.

Join local hosts Makala and John and special guests from London, Liverpool and Bristol for a special live Chat Show as part the Festival of the Future City.

From place hacking, to redefining “affordable” housing, to unpacking what it means to be a good neighbour, every topic is up for grabs.

The Chat Show will include new artwork created by poet Lawrence Hoo and lots of time for audience questions and responses. Drinks will served after the show and there will be a chance to continue the conversation next door at the We Can Make prototype home.

Speakers and special guests include:

• John Bennett & Makala Cheung, Chat Show hosts
• Femi Olayisade, We Can Make
• Hazel Tilley, Granby 4 Streets, Liverpool
• Jim Hudson, RUSS Community Land Trust, London
• Deana Perry, Team Southmead
• Lawrence Hoo, Poet
• Lily Green, No Bindings & Director We Can Make Chat Show


The We Can Make Chat Show is made in collaboration with No Bindings.

If you have any questions about this event please contact Knowle West Media Centre on or cal 0117 903 0444 and ask for Melissa, Hannah or Rachel.

Image by Mikael Techane

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

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