Paisley Community Trust. Focused on delivering a Cinema/Theatre venue as part of Paisley’s Heritage Asset Strategy & Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021

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Paisley Spree For All Fringe Festival Gears Up for Best Ever Year

The Spree for All is gearing up to build on its debut last year and is returning even bigger and better than ever.

The fringe event for Paisley’s national arts festival The Spree promises a packed programme of live music, poetry readings, comedy and more.

The launch comes as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Paolo Nutini will headline this year’s main Spree event with a sold out homecoming gig at Paisley Abbey, while indie rock band Frightened Rabbit and singer songwriter  Dougie MacLean are also part of the line up.

The Spree for All, organised by local music charity LNP Promotions and sponsored by Paisley First, sees local bars, cafés and restaurants  host a string of live gigs across the town from 14-22 October.

There will be a Family Zone in the High Street on both Saturdays during the event with music, magicians, balloon artists and face painters.

Interactive theatre company Mischief La-Bas will also be adding to the fun with their wacky performances.

LNP co-founder Tommy McGrory said:  “They are street artists who will perform as The Elvis Cleaning Company and also perform a pedestrian Grand Prix. They dress up in moustaches and goggles with plastic cars, it’s great fun.

“It’s all happening in and around Paisley.”

Music lovers should also check out the Burger & Keg Live Tent in Abbey Close.

The 150-capacity venue will host top names including Paisley’s Tom Urie, who will appear alongside comic Janey Godley on Wednesday 18 October.

Other comedy acts include Burnistoun’s  Rab Florence, supported by Scotsquad’s Darren Connell (Saturday 14th), the team from ICW Wrestling (Monday 16th) and the Thinking Drinkers alongside Billy Kirkwood (Thursday 19th)

Other venues include the Cave, the Gantry, The Anchor Bar, the Bull Inn, Hamishes Hoose, Zambretto, The Old Swan Inn and the Wee Howff.

The Abbey Bar, Bar Pre and the Bungalow  will also host events, while CC’s features  the H-Arts Drama and Performance groups and  comedy from Gary Little & friends on Friday October 13, as well as poetry readings.

Tommy McGrory  added: “The Spree for All is the coming together of the people who put on live music and more around the town. It’s got pretty big this year and there’s something for everyone in the town. This year the quality and diversity of the programme is even bigger and better.”

The event also features also a youth stage at Paisley Cross on both Saturdays featuring local talent from 1pm – 5pm.

The Spree for All Fringe is sponsored by Paisley First, the non profit organisation set up to deliver a Business Improvement District in Paisley Town Centre.

Chairman Ian Henderson said: “Paisley has a vibrant cultural scene and we are delighted to support Spree for All in their efforts to take The Spree to venues across the town centre.

“We are hoping to encourage as many people as possible to visit the town and take a fresh look at all Paisley has to offer.”

For a full Spree for All programme of events go to: http://www.thespree.co.uk/spree-for-all/

For tickets and further  information on the Spree main festival, go to http://www.thespree.co.uk/ or call the Box Office on 0300 300 120.

Information on the Burger and Keg events can be found at https://www.burgerandkeg.co.uk/

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GLEN CINEMA MEMORIAL GARDEN ANNOUNCED AS PART OF TOWN’S PROPOSED PERFORMING ARTS AND FILM THEATRE VENUE

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Paisley Community Trust, a Registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, have partnered with Paisley Development Trust to announce plans to include a new memorial garden on the proposed site for PCT’s Performing Arts and Film Theatre. The memorial garden will be dedicated to the 71 victims and their families of the 1929 Glen Cinema disaster in Paisley.

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Following on from last week’s news that Paisley Community Trust’s preferred site for its proposed new Performing Arts Venue was the former Arnott’s car park, Paisley Community Trust wished to reveal some additional information on its intentions to transform the site into a new Cultural & Creative quarter for the town. As part of the extensive planning and designing undertaken by award winning Architects Stallan Brand, PCT wanted to ensure that Paisley’s history and heritage in film was remembered and included in the new transformational plans.

 

On the 31st December 1929, Paisley families were hit with tragedy when 71 lives, mostly children, were lost in the Glen Cinema Disaster. During a children’s matinee, a freshly shown film reel was put back in its metal canister, in the spool room, where it began to issue thick black smoke. There was no fire. The smoke filled the auditorium containing approximately one thousand children at the time. As panic set in, children fled the building to safety. However, the escape door to Dyers Wynd was padlocked and 71 children sadly died in the crush. It was the worst cinema disaster in British history.

 

Paisley Development Trust, the organisation behind several prominent regeneration projects in Paisley, including the successful transformation of The Russell Institute Building, hold an annual memorial each year at The Cenotaph, Paisley Cross to remember the dead of the Glen Cinema Disaster.

 

Whilst the Cenotaph was created to remember the town’s war dead, both Trusts have partnered to create something more fitting and significant in the town. It is also intended that the new memorial garden will feature a commissioned sculptural statue to embody the innocence of children and the hope and inspiration that the arts and film can provide to their futures. Once built, the annual Hogmanay Memorial will take place at this new location.

“We were approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their vision for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre – we were amazed with what we saw. However, they wanted to share an idea they had to create something extra special for the town. When they told us they wanted to create a memorial garden and dedicate it to the children of the Glen we were delighted. It is such a beautiful and fitting way to create something in the town dedicated to the Glen. We are moved by the sensitive consideration Paisley Community Trust have shown in their plans.”

Marie Connelly, Trustee, Paisley Development Trust

 

“The Glen Cinema disaster is a tragic event in Paisley’s history. As a community trust we were very conscious of the potential sensitivities involved in bringing cinema back to the town centre. We wanted to do something extra as a community to remember those young lives lost on what should have been a great day out to the movies. When we looked at the scale of our preferred site, the concept of creating a memorial garden was born. We were delighted with the positive reception we received when we approached Marie, Tony and the team. We look forward to working in collaboration with them to create a beautiful and fitting tribute.”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

 

Paisley Community Trust will unveil its full plans to the public from 12pm on Friday 29th September until 5pm on Saturday 30th September  at the Piazza Paisley. All are welcome to come along to the Piazza to review the plans and meet with the team behind the project.

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LEADING PAISLEY COMMUNITY WEBSITE BACKS PLANS FOR TOWN’S NEW PERFORMING ARTS VENUE

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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Paisley Pattern Launch SpaceX CRS 9

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Paisley Pattern conquers world…then is launched into space!

The Paisley Pattern has already carried the name of its home town around the globe – now it’s going out of this world.

Andy Campbell takes us through his experience of the Falcon SpaceX Launch the other night.

Read more about this fascinating story and accomplishment, well done Andy…

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An Evening with Michael Foale CBE

Live with Paisley Community Trust and Astronaut Michael Foale CBE at Paisley Arts centre.
Jump to 15 minutes in to see the start of the show.

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The Last Man on the Moon Gene Cernan and Michael Foale live in Paisley

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Captain Gene Cernan speaks to the audience at Paisley Arts Centre live from Houston, Texas after the showing of The Last Man on the Moon in the venue.

The questions are hosted by Astronaut Michael Foale and ISSET the evening is arranged by Paisley Community Trust.

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Paisley Abbey Medieval Fayre Photographs

Paisley Abbey Close transforms into a medieval campsite for the day. Featuring weaponry demonstrations, live falconry displays, an outdoor hog roast, medieval storytelling and fun for all of the family.

Photographs by Tracey Clements for paisley.org.uk

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An evening with Astronaut Michael Foale CBE

Paisley Community Trust Presents Paisley’s Space and Sci-Fi Film Festival.

Official astronaut portrait of Michael C. Foale.  Photo Date: May 13, 2013.  Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Official astronaut portrait of Michael C. Foale. Photo Date: May 13, 2013. Location: Building 8, Room 183 – Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

ISSET in Partnership with Paisley Community Trust and Paisley 2021 Present An Evening with Michael Foale CBE

Mike is the most experienced British Astronaut ever. Completing 6 space missions, he has been Commander of the International Space Station, saved the Hubble Space Telescope, performed the first Spacewalk for a Briton and was responsible for saving the Russian MIR Space Station.

Come and listen to him LIVE IN PERSON and share his stories at this truly “Out of this World” evening

Thursday, 9 June at 7pm

Paisley Arts Centre

This is a Free event but tickets must be obtained from

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-with-astronaut-michael-foale-cbe-tickets-25701751631

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Alien Movie Double Bill

Paisley Community Trust Presents Paisley’s Space and Sci-Fi Film Festival.

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Prometheus & Alien (18) Double Bill

Tickets are £7 covering both movies at Paisley Arts Centre starting at 7pm on Friday June the 10th

Tickets are on sale now at Apollo Music, 48 Causeyside Street, Paisley. Price £7.

Tickets can be purchased from Paisley Arts Centre Box office on 0300 300 1210 or by visiting https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

You can also view the event on Facebook by visiting  https://www.facebook.com/events/582901048553695/

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The Last Man on the Moon

Paisley Community Trust Presents Paisley’s Space and Sci-Fi Film Festival.

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The Last Man on the Moon “Film”
Followed by Live Video Call Q&A with Apollo Astronaut Gene Cernan which is hosted by Astronaut Michael Foale CBE and Chris Barber ISSET

Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 8pm in Paisley Arts Centre

Ticket Price £7

Tickets are on sale now at Apollo Music, 48 Causeyside Street, Paisley. Price £7.

Tickets can be purchased from Paisley Arts Centre Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visit https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/

 

Facebook event now live on  https://www.facebook.com/events/279979842336703/