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Linwood young people showcase power of drama for 2021 bid

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Young people from Linwood have put together a showcase to highlight the power of drama and how it can transform lives and boost mental health.

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The show – called How Amdram changed our lives – was created by members of Linwood Youth Voice to tell their unique stories since becoming involved in their local am dram group and will take place at Paisley Town Hall on Thursday 25 May from 7 until 9pm.

The showcase features four films made by the young people highlighting how effective drama can be in boosting self-belief and confidence, and how important it is to tackle barriers to accessing it, such as cost and geography.

The event also includes a play on why mental health has become an important issue for young people, which was also voted as the priority issue for Renfrewshire’s Youth Commission.

The team behind it are supported by the Renfrewshire Council’s youth services team, who run two thriving groups in the town, CLASS Acts (for eight to 11 year olds) and LADDS-Linwood Area of Dance Drama and Song for secondary-school-aged pupils.

The project received funding from Renfrewshire’s Culture Heritage and Events Fund, designed to boost the area’s creative capacity as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Nathan McCuaig, aged 17 and chairperson of Linwood Youth Voice, said “Most of the members felt their lives had been changed by amateur dramatics and we can’t wait to share all the work we have been doing on the event.

“Mental wellbeing is such a big thing for young people. Our show puts a spotlight on why local activities are so important to the health and wellbeing of young people, changing how they think and feel about themselves and getting involved in their community.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “We were delighted to support this very worthwhile project through the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.

“Part of the reason for bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 is that we know culture has the power to make people’s lives better and we want to harness that, now and in the future.

“It is great to see the young people of Linwood are spreading that very message as part of this show.”

Wendy Grubb, a community learning officer with Youth Services, added: “The young people have worked really hard to shine a light on the power of drama and the arts and are really excited to show people what they have done.

“By taking part in these groups, their confidence has increased and it has allowed them to be able to express themselves, make many new friends and take part in other community projects.”

For more information, contact Wendy Grubb on 0141 889 1110 or email youth @renfrewshire.gov.uk

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National orchestra to ‘take over’ Paisley for 2021 bid

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Renfrewshire teenagers dreaming of a career in the music industry are being offered a chance to learn from the best through a unique link-up with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The RSNO are staging a two-day Takeover event in Paisley in October – culminating a special show in Paisley Town Hall as part of the annual Spree festival.

Up to 50 young people will get to work on every aspect of planning and staging the gig – guided by professionals from the RSNO, including international-class musicians.

The link-up is taking place as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, for which the initial bid was lodged at the end of April.

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Opportunities include performing or conducting, as well as working on marketing, press and PR, fundraising, learning and engagement, and stage and orchestra management.

The RSNO Paisley Takeover is inviting applications now from young people living in Renfrewshire aged 15 to 18 on 24 October 2017.

The application period runs until 23 May and details of how to apply are at www.paisley2021.co.uk.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 bid director said: “A key feature of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is in making it easier for residents – particularly young people – to get involved in cultural activity and enjoy the benefits that brings.

“The Takeover is open to any young people with an interest in music – and will be of great experience for anybody considering a career in that field, whether on or off stage.

“Another key bid feature is in bringing artists of international standing to Paisley for local creative talent to learn from – so we are delighted to be working with an organisation of the calibre of the RSNO.

“The RSNO and Paisley already have a good partnership, with the stunning collaborations between the orchestra and some of Scotland’s best bands in Paisley Abbey having formed the musical highlights of recent Spree festivals.”

RSNO Head of Learning and Engagement Samantha Wright added: “We’re delighted to once again open our doors to an influx of young people in this way, offering the chance to run one of Scotland’s busiest performing arts organisations.

“Takeover provides a rare and valuable experience to those seeking to pursue a career in the arts, and is intended to be challenging, stimulating and fun. You never know – we may very well have a future RSNO conductor or chief executive among our group.”

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Paisley Pattern ‘on trend’ with Pringle

The iconic Paisley Pattern is to feature in luxury knitwear brand, Pringle of Scotland’s, upcoming autumn/winter 2017 collection.

The collaboration occurred after Pringle’s Womenswear Design Director, Fran Stringer, was granted access to the original Paisley Pattern designs during a visit to Paisley Museum. The internationally significant collection is currently valued at £1 million.

Paisley Pattern Autumn/Winter Collection preview
Photographer: Letty Schmiterlow
Original Paisley Pattern design top: Pringle of Scotland

In addition to the original designs held at the museum, the archive has also been digitised to allow people to access it for research, education, media and local community reasons as well as commercial purposes.

various bespoke Paisley Pattern designs modelled outside Westminister during London Craft Week
Photographer: Stewart Bryden
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PaisleyMake Bespoke Pattern Kilt: Siobhan Mackenzie
‘Venice’ Silk Bomber Jacket: Mairi McDonald ‘Off Duty’ Collection
Vintage Paisley Pattern Dress in Liberty Fabric: Marion Donaldson

There are also plans underway for the commercialisation of the Paisley Pattern to support and grow the ambition to connect the town back to the globally-recognised pattern through working with external textile and fashion related industry experts.

In this case Pringle accessed the digital archive to select unique designs for the bespoke creations which will feature in the upcoming collection. Pringle also have a history of using the pattern in their designs having previously used in collections in the 1960s.

Fran Stringer, Womenswear Design Director, said: “There are so many icons in Pringle’s history.

“The archives are always such a rich source of inspiration! Many heritage patterns and signature designs remain relevant today, and we were happy to also work with Paisley in its original form, but printed onto knitwear in much the same way as Pringle first did in the Sixties. I want to continue to celebrate Pringle as the knitwear pioneer that it always has been.”

Pringle announced the Paisley Pattern collaboration as part of a special Paisley-themed exhibition and workshops taking place during London Craft Week.

The event saw collaboration with G F Smith, historic luxury paper makers of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, Bentleys London and Charles Laurie London with the UK’s largest leather manufacturer, Scottish Leather Group, and two new businesses supported by Renfrewshire business incubator InCube – Misty Concepts and Paisley Pins.

Showcasing Paisley’s textile credentials to the world is part of wide-ranging regeneration plans developed by Renfrewshire Council that will put Paisley back on the global textiles map, boosted by textiles and design festival PaisleyMake.

Makers from Scotland, the UK and around the globe came to Paisley for the inaugural PaisleyMake festival last year – held in partnership with Scotland’s national fashion and textiles organisation Scotland Re:Designed – to be one of the first people to view the complete Paisley Pattern archive.

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “Both the Paisley Pattern and Pringle can be recognised throughout the world for celebrating Scottish heritage and this is something we are very proud to support especially as it links with our ambitions set out in our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“Partnerships like this amplify the pattern and the town and are part of a much bigger push to use heritage and culture to transform Renfrewshire’s future.”

The collaboration with Pringle celebrates and promotes Paisley’s unique heritage which is also highlighted in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 submitted to UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport last month.

PaisleyMake returns with a new programme of bespoke and creative events on Monday 28 August 2017. For more information, visit thttps://paisleymake.com.

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Funbox return to Paisley Town Hall with their new show Underwater Adventure

Bust out those arm bands, shimmy on your scuba gear and dive in with Funbox as the tide sweeps them back to Paisley with their brand new show for 2017, UNDERWATER ADVENTURE.

Its been non stop for FUNBOX since their first show in 2015, and now the former Singing Kettle trio have 8 shows, 6 DVDs, 5 CDs and 24 costumes to their name as they embark on their ninth tour in 2 years. When it was made clear that the Singing Kettle was not for sale, Gary, Anya and Kevin took their first steps into business. “We knew we could write songs, perform and make music, but none of us had any real experience of running a business. We just went into it head first.” says Gary. “Our Pirates and Princesses tour was funded out of our own pockets and a Crowdfunding campaign that saw us raise over 20k in 4 weeks thanks to the support of our fans.” The gang admit they were having far too much fun working together and entertaining families of Scotland and beyond to say goodbye. Anya remarked “We wanted to carry on, not just for us but the kids who loved coming to see us and the parents and grandparents who wanted to take their children. It
seemed like too important a thing to let go”.

FUNBOX offers the same traditional songs and silliness known and loved by many but with their own brand of manic humour with a modern twist. “We’ve been described as fresh and edgier than before. Even the big people are enjoying it! We spotted a few grown up mermaids and deep sea divers at our DVD recording at Glasgow SEC back in February.” laughs Kevin.

Take the plunge with Gary, Anya and Kevin (the stars formerly of The Singing Kettle) for their all new show for 2017 – UNDERWATER ADVENTURE where they voyage beneath the waves to the bottom of the ocean. There’s some-fin fishy going on in their latest singalong ‘tail’ – the FUNBOX is locked and the gang will have to cause a splash because their magical keys are all tucked up in the sea bed. Fluffy and Flossie the Funsters will be diving in to lend a hand and of course everyone’s favourite salty sea dog; Bonzo will be joining the aquatic action, but has he packed his trunks, snorkel and rubber ring?

Packed with familiar favourites like ‘When the Boat comes in’, ‘The World must be coming tae an’End’ and ‘Hole at the Bottom of the Sea’ as well as brand new songs, UNDERWATER ADVENTURE is the perfect swimalong singalong treat for kids of all ages from nought to ninety! You might even cause a splash on stage with us!

Dress up for the sea and join in the fun. You’ll have a whale of a time!

Paisley Town Hall, Sunday 14 May, 1pm and 3.30pm

Tickets available from the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 www.renfrewshireleisure.com or Ticketmaster
For more information go to www.funbox.co.uk or find us on facebook and twitter.

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Public exhibitions to shape major infrastructure projects

Engagement events in May will give members of the public a further opportunity to shape two Glasgow City Region City Deal projects spanning Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.

2016 public exhibition event

Four full-day exhibitions in Renfrew, Paisley, Clydebank and Yoker will give people an opportunity to discuss the plans for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside and Glasgow Airport Investment Area projects.

The Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project includes a new opening bridge across the River Clyde linking Renfrew with Yoker and Clydebank; construction of the Renfrew North Development Road and new cycle routes.

Proposals as part of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area focus on realignment of Abbotsinch Road, construction of a new bridge over the White Cart and new cycle routes between the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport business parks.

Each project has been shaped following extensive consultation with stakeholders throughout 2016 and 2017.

The exhibitions start at Renfrew Town Hall on Monday 8 May then Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May. The project team then cross the river to Clydebank Town Hall on Wednesday 10 May finishing at Yoker Community Campus on Thursday 11 May.

All four exhibitions run from 11am to 7pm and include a video representation of the findings from the comprehensive traffic modelling study as well as an animated fly-through model of the potential developments.

A Renfrewshire City Deal spokesman said: “Events throughout 2016 helped shape the projects so far and I would encourage anyone to come along to these final consultation exhibitions taking place in their area. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the projects, speak to the project team and provide input before the plans are finalised.”

Feedback from the exhibitions will be used to inform a full planning application in June, submitted to Renfrewshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council and Glasgow City Council for the Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside project. Works related to the Glasgow Airport Investment Area are entirely within Renfrewshire and will be considered by this authority alone.

Full details of each project are available at: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal

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Top food and drink producers to attend Paisley Food Festival

The crème de la crème of Scotland’s food and drink producers will attend Paisley’s food fiesta this weekend.

Paisley Food Festival
Darrel Douglas from the Rum Shack

Visitors will be able to sample tasty treats from more than 30 street food traders and producers at the free Paisley Food Festival this Saturday 22 April at Abbey Close from 12 to 7pm.

Paisley Food Festival

Now in its third year, the festival will showcase the breadth of Scotland’s vibrant street food scene, with traders using the very best seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced produce in their dishes. This event also forms part of the push for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 which will be submitted at the end of the month.

The event is running alongside Scotland’s largest beer and ale festival, the 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival, which is run by Renfrewshire CAMRA, launched earlier this week and will be at Paisley Town Hall until Saturday 22 April.

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The event has a wide selection of producers serving hand reared produce, including The Kitchen Farmer from Perthshire with their gourmet lamb burgers, and outdoor reared pork and apple burgers from Duntarrin Farm in Argyll. In addition Alba Seafood will be showcasing their delicious fresh smoked seafood and fishcakes while Geraldo’s of Largs will be offering the best in Scottish craft spirits to enjoy at home. For those with a sweet tooth there are exquisite French patisseries from les Plaisirs d’Odette and scrumptious cakes from the Three Sisters Bake.

Serena Durante, from Porrelli, said: This is the first time Porrelli has taken part in the festival and we’re really excited to serve our delicious Churros, it is something new that complements our ice cream well, and we know the visitors will love it! It’s a great event.”

Matthew Stevenson from Linburn’s Farm, said: “Some of the best food in Scotland is made right here in Renfrewshire and the festival gives us a chance to celebrate that. It also gives people the opportunity to try new foods from producers and traders from further afield.

“We are looking forward to serving up our famous Paisley Buddie burger which we’re sure will be popular on the day.”

David Cassidy, of Renfrewshire CAMRA, added: “We are all looking forward to this year’s beer festival, and the organisers are buzzing.

“The selection of beers will be bigger than ever – we have more than 200 real ales and another 100 or so beers at the foreign beer bar.

“We are also delighted to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of St Mirren’s 1987 cup win as part of our own 30th anniversary – many of the organisers are St Mirren fans so it’s great to be able to do that.”

Also confirmed to attend the event are Masterchef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean, who will host a series of cooking demonstrations, and CBeebies star Katy Ashworth who will entertain children and families throughout the day and give them the chance to participate in fun, interactive games, stories and sing-a-long songs. The Voice finalists Into the Ark are also confirmed as the headline music act for the event performing their first gig since appearing on the show.

Also taking place this week is Paisley Restaurant Week which is being delivered by local business improvement district Paisley First and will be running until 23 April, with discounts and deals available at eateries throughout the town centre including Cardosi’s, Hamishes Hoose and Saporito Restaurants.

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Paisley Comic Con at Paisley Town Hall on 8th April

Paisley Comic Con is a family friendly, fun-filled event all about comic books!

A whole day in Paisley’s stunning Town Hall dedicated to celebrating and enjoying the art and culture of comic books, exploring and discovering new and exciting comic creations, and showcasing a range of local Scottish creative talent.

Writers, artists, publishers, as well as over 50 tables of comics, books, toys, collectables, arts, crafts and creators. We’ll also have comic book panels, workshops, cosplay, games and activities, and lots of family fun!

Paisley’s very own Hail The Villains will be there to exhibit their fantastic range of Comic Heroes and Villains T-Shirts, accessories, and jewellery.

A special discount code called PAISLEYORG has been created for subscribers of Paisley.org.uk.  You can use it to get 15% off all purchases on www.hailthevillains.com. Or you can use the code at the Paisley Comic Con by simply saying “PAISLEYORG” to get 15% off your purchase there.  If ordering from our website  – Delivery is FREE.

Invite your friends to like the page, join the event and spread the word!

In partnership with Comicrazy, Paisley’s only specialist comics and gaming store, and Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation SCIO – making dreams come true for some very special children with life-threatening illnesses.

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NNE presents ABBAMANIA at Paisley Town Hall

ABBA Mania, the world’s number one touring ABBA tribute production, are coming to Paisley on Friday 5th May 2017.


Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves.

ABBA Mania brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA Mania is for you!

So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting their website here or @skiddle.com

 

 

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Further public engagement and consultation events will be held regarding major infrastructure projects

Proposal of planning notices for works including new bridges across the Clyde and White Cart were submitted on Friday 17 March, starting the statutory planning procedures.

City Deal community and business engagement events in 2016

It begins a period of consultation, during which events will be held to get stakeholders’ views before the plans are finalised.  A full planning application will then be submitted later this year.

These events will include four days of public exhibitions at which people will be able to discuss the plans with members of the project team.

The exhibitions will begin in Renfrewshire, taking place in Renfrew Town Hall on Monday 8 May and in Paisley Town Hall on Tuesday 9 May.

The project team will then cross the river to take part in exhibitions in Clydebank Town Hall on Wednesday 10 May and finally Yoker Community Campus on Thursday 11 May. All four exhibitions will run from 11am to 7pm.

Details will be announced on the Renfrewshire Council website at  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/citydeal – where people can also sign up to a mailing list to be directly notified of the announcement.

Views gathered from the events will be used to inform a full planning application to be made in June.

The works are part of the Glasgow City Region City Deal ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ and ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ projects.

The proposal of planning notice related to the ‘Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside’ project was submitted to Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow City Council and West Dunbartonshire Council as the works involve areas within each of the three authorities.

Works related to the ‘Glasgow Airport Investment Area’ project will be entirely within Renfrewshire so the proposal of planning notice was submitted only to that authority.

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Paisley to celebrate trio of food and drink events

Paisley is getting set for a food and drink extravaganza next month – with three great events taking place over the same week.

(left to right) – David Cassidy (Renfrewshire CAMRA), Tony Fitzpatrick (St Mirren), Linsey Reith (Three Sisters Bake), Rachna Dheer, (Babu Bombay Street Kitchen), Jason Smith (The Bankhouse Bar) and Hollie Stark (Kilty Kilty’s)

The 30th annual Paisley Beer Festival – Scotland’s largest – will return for another year to Paisley Town Hall from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 April.

On the Saturday the Paisley Food Festival brings a one-day culinary carnival of street food from across the globe plus free family entertainment to Abbey Close.

And Paisley Restaurant Week, being delivered by local business improvement district Paisley First, runs from Saturday 15 to 23 April, with discounts and deals at eateries throughout the town centre.

The events are taking place one week before Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is due to be lodged with the UK Government.

The beer festival is organised by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, who are marking the event’s 30th anniversary by celebrating St Mirren’s 1987 Scottish Cup win – which took place on the same day as the first festival – on their logo and pint glasses.

To promote the event, beer festival organisers were joined by St Mirren chief executive and 1987 cup-winner Tony Fitzpatrick, plus some of the vendors from the food festival, and local businesses taking part in Paisley Restaurant Week.

David Cassidy of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “When we first started we had no idea we would still be going 30 years on – back then we just had 30 beers and one hall.

“Now we are the biggest real ale festival in Scotland with more than 250 beers over three bars, plus a cider bar and foreign beer bar.

“A few of us are St Mirren fans and it was an easy decision to celebrate the link with the 1987 team in this year’s festival. We also want to thank our sponsors, the Bungalow Bar and Callum’s Cavern.”

The food festival is run by Renfrewshire Council and is taking place for the third time, as part of the area’s major events programme, which aims to attract visitors to the town centre and showcase it as a vibrant destination, alongside the town’s UK City of Culture bid.

It will run from noon to 7pm and will include a wide range of food vendors, from global cuisine to the best of the Scottish larder, with smaller-sized portions at reduced prices for children, and all dietary options catered for. There will also be live music, children’s entertainment, cookery demos and workshops and more – all free.

Rachna Dheer of Babu Bombay Street Kitchen said: “We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Paisley Food Festival – we’ve done a lot of these events and they are a great way for people to try lots of new things.”

Paisley Restaurant Week is running for a second year and will be backed by more than 20 businesses in the town centre.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First manager, said: “Paisley town centre has a wide range of fantastic restaurants and cafes to suit every taste and budget, and during restaurant week these businesses are putting on some amazing deals which can be found on our website, so don’t miss out on Paisley culinary delights and visit Paisley”.

You can find more information on Paisley Food Festival at www.paisley2021.co.uk, on the beer festival at www.paisleybeerfestival.co.uk and on the restaurant week at www.paisleyfirst.com