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Plans to build on Paisley 2021 legacy to go before councillors

Plans to use the momentum of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid to help drive a long-term cultural, social and economic transformation of the area are to go before councillors next week.

Renfrewshire Council and its partners have been planning how the town’s bid journey will continue, by building on the positive platform the bid created, and the widespread community support that drove Paisley’s campaign.

Paisley was the only Scottish place and first-ever town to make the shortlist for the prestigious competition, run by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Feedback from DCMS says Paisley was viewed as ‘a very strong contender’ and the decision to shortlist the bid was ‘an easy one’, while praising the town’s passion and commitment to using culture to tackle social problems, and describing the Paisley bid’s community engagement as ‘exemplary’.

The Paisley 2021 Partnership Board – set up to oversee the bid and bringing together business, cultural, educational, community, health and political representatives – has already confirmed it will continue and will deliver and drive a legacy plan, with some partners intending to maintain their original financial pledges.

That detailed legacy plan will be finalised by the Partnership Board in March – but a report outlining the key points of the local authority’s contribution towards the plan is now going before the council’s Leadership Board

It will continue the ambition to achieve the bid’s original long-term aims to significantly grow Paisley’s creative economy, transform its reputation, see the town recognised for its cultural excellence, lift communities out of poverty, and turn Paisley town centre into a vibrant destination.

And the council will continue to lead on delivering the following:

– the planned £100m-plus investment in venues and infrastructure, including the project under way to turn Paisley Museum into an international-class visitor destination, major internal revamps to transform Paisley Town Hall and Arts Centre, upgrading the sporting facilities at St James Playing Fields and creating new space for outdoor events and festivals, a new library on the High Street, and improvements to the town centre streetscape and road system;

– a new Paisley destination brand and website will also be unveiled in the next few weeks to build on the national and international profile created by the bid and promote the area as an attractive place to visit, live and invest;

– an enhanced cultural events and festivals programme over the next four years to deliver the best of what was planned for 2021, attract visitors to Paisley, and strengthen the local cultural sector;

Plans will also be developed to grow the area’s creative economy through a new apprenticeship programme, support for creative businesses and a new volunteer strategy.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We must do everything to build on the impact of bidding for UK City of Culture and the momentum it created.

“The campaign took the town’s profile to new levels – with hundreds of millions of people around the world getting the chance to see or hear something positive about Paisley – transformed our reputation, raised awareness of our unique story, and brought self-confidence back to the town.

“It also generated a town-wide discussion about Paisley’s future – with more than 36,000 people engaging with the bid by the time the final submission was made, and new partnerships and relationships developed locally and nationally which will continue to work in Paisley’s interest.

“And it also firmly established the idea that Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage assets can be used to transform its future – and not just in an economic sense, but also through social impact, by harnessing the power of culture to boost health and well-being, and help people out of poverty.

“We may not have won the title – but the important point is we are still going to deliver our vision and many of the aspirations that informed our bid.

“The report going to the leadership board offers an initial outline of those next steps, and as chair of the Paisley Partnership Board I look forward to revealing the detailed action plan with our partners.

“With major investment in our cultural venues, a new destination brand and website set to launch, an enhanced events and festivals programme in the years ahead, and new funding to support local artists and help the local cultural sector grow, there is lots ahead to be excited by.”

The council’s leadership board will meet on Wednesday 21 February.

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The Bungalow Musical

Hi also going by our competition to the Bungalow the Musical we also have this which gives community groups the chance to get tickets to this once in a lifetime musical.

Please support Loud n  Proud. Come along to see an amazing show. Tickets are now on sale at www.tickets-scotland.com Hard on the heels of our highly acclaimed Rock Musical I Was There the story of the Glasgow Apollo we give you The Bungalow Musical.

 

This is the story of The Bungalow which was a small venue at the bottom of Renfrew Road, Paisley during the 70’s and 80’s which became a legend in the UK music scene. Those amazing days are brought to life with a full cast of live bands, dancers and actors. The story has never been told before and this will be the first show of its kind showcasing this iconic venue’s rise to fame.

The show is ground breaking and innovative full of punk classics and more. It’s a nostalgic trip for those who went there and experienced it and it also captures the imagination of those that didn’t.

It’s difficult to imagine that a little place in Paisley attracted such big names as The Fall, The Skids, The Associates, Orange Juice, Roddy Frame, Tenpole Tudor, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, Aztec Camera, and The Teardrop Explodes. Including music from The Who, Slade, Elvis Costello, Boomtown Rats and more.

To order FREE tickets (while they last) Email info@loudnproud.org with the
ticket numbers, name of group and contact details. This offer includes
youth workers or adults in charge. This show will inspire young people to
take part in Creative Arts

FREE TICKETS FOR YOUTH GROUPS

 

We are giving away free tickets to the Premier of the show on 1st March 2018. This is a great opportunity for young people to see a professional level show performed by young people. The show has dancers, singers, actors, musicians and a choir making it a huge cast and an exciting show. Loud n Proud are extending this invite to make it easy for young people to access a show of this level without the barrier of cost. We hope that the show will inspire more young people to take part in Creative Arts. If not we hope that they just have a great time. We always offer tickets to youth groups. We did it at our show I Was There the story of The Glasgow Apollo and we had 100 young people along to see the show, the feedback considering their age an the era the show is set in was  amazing. As they say ‘good music is good music’. Rehearsals for the show are going great and we expect to have a knockout show telling a little piece of Paisley music history that will entertain everyone no matter their age.

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Full line-up announced for Paisley Takeover festival on 2/3 March Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods announced!

The Friday night line-up of SAMAs Paisley takeover festival on the 2rd March will feature Heir of the Cursed and headliners Out Lines. Heir of the Cursed is a wildly breathtaking solo musician and poet who commands a magnetising blend of calming instrumentals and vocal stylings with her lyrical retellings of the subtleties of life in Glasgow.

Following a sold out set for Celtic Connections and UK tour with Mogwai, headliners Out Lines are a fusion of three powerhouses in Scottish music: Scottish Album Of The Year award winning singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, The Twilight Sad’s James Graham as well as producer Marcus Mackay.

Having released their debut album ‘Conflats’ towards the end of 2017 amid much acclaim, this dynamic trio will be sure to lure in a Paisley crowd with a strikingly defiant live-set.

Also announced are the remainder of the weekends events including an intimate live in-store session at record shop Feel The Groove with Emme Woods, ahead of her SXSW debut.

This intimate setting will match well with the musician’s brooding vocal to make for an unmissable set, as well as spoken word on the Friday evening from local wordsmith’s Robert Blair and Shaun Moore. Saturday’s afternoon of seminars will begin with How to do DIY in 2018?

Featuring Ian Crawford of El Rancho Records plus J-Bone promoter Alana Hepburn and Conor Goldie of Public Records. Followed by When is the best time to showcase your band on a national level? which will feature artist manager and promoter Nicky Carder, Nadine Walker of Tenement TV and Broadcaster Jim Gellatly.

This will culminate with a special “In Conversation” segment hosted by Vic Galloway and feature former Simple Minds manager and ex Record Store owner Bruce Findlay discussing his inspiring career in the music business. Festival Manager Richy Muirhead comments: “The SAMAs Takeover in March is going to be a great couple of days filled with an exciting events programme.

We’re delighted to share the full line-up with new additions Out Lines, Heir of the Cursed, Emme Woods and loads more!” Already announced are The Vegan Leather who are hosting their own music workshop and Q&A, plus live set’s from Siobhan Wilson, SWAY and Saturday headliners Pronto Mama.

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards Paisley Takeover Festival is funded by Renfrewshire’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, and ran in association with Paisley Arts Centre. The full programme can be found at: www.officialsama.co.uk Tickets are on-sale now from Eventbrite UK and Paisley Arts Centre (0300 300 1210)

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Paisley awarded £250,000 lottery cash to help build town as visitor destination

Plans to cement Paisley’s place as a key visitor destination within Scotland have been given a £250,000 cash boost by the National Lottery.

The money follows a successful application by Renfrewshire Council and will be used to help local cultural and heritage groups work together to showcase the town’s unique story to potential visitors.

 

It’s part of a £2.4m investment announced today through the National Lottery’s Great Places scheme, to be shared between nine projects across Scotland.

The Great Places scheme aims to allow communities to use their unique heritage to shape their futures, and tackle wider issues such as poverty, employment, health and education.

 

Paisley’s project will bring local people and organisations together to build new partnerships and capacity within the local cultural and heritage sector to improve the visitor experience.

 

The funding will also support the development of digital skills to promote Paisley and Renfrewshire’s cultural and heritage story to existing and new audiences.

 

The project will start later this year and run until 2020, and a partnership of public sector, business, community and voluntary groups will be pulled together to run it.

 

It will support the new destination brand and website for the town – due to be revealed in February.

 

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We are delighted with this news and thank all at the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support.

 

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 did a huge amount to raise our profile as a destination and make people aware of what the town has to offer, as part of a wider plan to use the power of our unique culture and heritage to transform the area’s future

 

“That helped us manage a big increase in the numbers of visitors to Renfrewshire attractions over the past few years – 1.7m in 2016, up 25%.

 

“We want to grow that further, by showing off what sets us apart to bring new footfall to the town, and building on Paisley’s growing reputation as a key venue within Scotland for events and culture.

 

“This money will help groups across Renfrewshire who have a stake in that to work together, equip them to promote the town and themselves, and be ready to welcome visitors when they arrive.”

 

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “You can’t imagine Paisley without its pattern or Dunfermline without its abbey.

“Heritage and culture gives a place a unique identity and makes it special for the people that live there.

 

“This scheme will show how building on those roots can have a hugely positive impact on local economies in terms of health, employment and education, as well as well as instilling community cohesion and pride.

 

“Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are enabling a step-change in thinking, encouraging local leaders to come together and recognise that heritage is a driving force for change.”

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Paisley to welcome Scottish Album of the Year Award back in 2018

The most prestigious night in Scotland’s music calendar is to stay in Paisley – after it was confirmed the Scottish Album of the Year Award will return to the town in 2018.

The SAY Award – the most coveted music prize in Scotland – will take place in Paisley Town Hall for a third consecutive year on a date to be confirmed in August 2018.

The event was brought back to Paisley after a successful bid from Renfrewshire Council, as part of a wider plan to promote the town as a key destination for culture and events within Scotland.

Although Paisley lost out to Coventry in its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, bid bosses believe the return of the SAY Award is one of many ways the bid momentum will continue.

The SAY Award goes to the Scottish artist deemed to have produced the year’s outstanding album. It started in 2012 and is organised by the Scottish Music Industry Association.

Sacred Paws won this year’s SAY Award for their debut album Strike a Match – chosen from a ten-album shortlist by a panel of independent judges.

The ceremony in Paisley in June was hosted by Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan, broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland, and watched by an audience of the country’s best creative talent.

Other previous winners include Anna Meredith, Kathryn Joseph, Young Fathers, RM Hubbert and Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells.

Dougal Perman, chair of the SMIA said: “We’re delighted that Paisley will host the seventh Scottish Album of the Year Award.

“Scotland’s national music prize has flourished in Paisley and while we are sad and disappointed that Paisley didn’t win their bid for UK City of Culture 2021, we are excited about the transformative cultural journey the town is on and excited to be a part of it.

“Through our invited guests, public ballot for seats at the ceremony and live broadcasts, we look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to join us in celebrating excellence in Scottish music in Paisley at the end of August 2018.”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “The SAY Award is one of the biggest nights of the year in Scottish music and we are delighted it’s coming back to Paisley for another year.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 put the town on a Scotland-wide stage in terms of hosting events of national importance and that was always going to continue regardless of the result.

“The SMIA could have taken this event anywhere but for them to choose to come back here shows the extent to which Paisley is now recognised as one of Scotland’s centres of cultural excellence.

“The town has a fantastic musical heritage – from Gerry Rafferty through to Paolo Nutini – and a thriving music scene, including our annual Spree festival each October, at which many of the previous SAY Award winners and shortlisted acts have played.

“Paisley Town Hall makes a striking venue and we look forward to welcoming the country’s music industry back to the town for what will be another momentous night next August.”

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Nomination deadline looms for Provost’s Community Awards

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron is urging people not miss out as the nomination deadline for the Provost’s Community Awards approaches.

The awards, which are into their third decade, aim to give civic recognition to those who work or live in Renfrewshire and are making a difference to their community.

This year, nominations can be made in six categories, including a new Arts and Culture award which has been created to find the hidden, or not so hidden, gems who light up Renfrewshire’s cultural scene.

Five other awards, Community Group, Community Volunteer, Sporting Achievement, Carers’ Award and Employer of the Year, give the opportunity for local people to give recognition to their colleagues, friends and family for the work they do in their community.

Provost Cameron said: “We’ve had a fantastic number of entries already but we want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to make their nominations.

“I meet so many inspiring groups and people in my role as Provost so I know the talent and dedication is out there, but I need the local community to nominate them.

“If a person, or a group, is making a real difference to your life or is making your local area a better place, then please put them forward and give them the recognition they deserve.”

The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December.

This year, Employer of the Year is sponsored by UNISON Renfrewshire and encourages nominations for employers who have provided a positive working environment for their staff.

Mark Ferguson, Branch Secretary, said: “We represent 52 employers in the local area and we’re delighted to sponsor the Employer of the Year Award.

“This award recognises employers who value their workforce and contribute to both the local economy and community in Renfrewshire.

“If your employer has gone above and beyond the call of duty, then make sure you nominate them before the deadline.”.

Sponsored by Glasgow Airport, the Community Volunteer award recognises those who give their time and effort for nothing more than the knowledge that they are making a difference to their community.

Craig Martin, Head of HR, said: “Glasgow Airport are proud to serve Renfrewshire. We have strong connections with our local community through our staff and customers, therefore we are delighted to sponsor this award and recognise individuals who are making a real difference in their local area.”

The Community Group award is sponsored by the Piazza Shopping Centre and celebrates the organisations in Renfrewshire that have a positive effect on their communities

Perennial award sponsor Acre Industrial will present the Sporting Achievement award to the person, team or group who have represented Renfrewshire to a high standard this year in the sporting arena.

Former Renfrewshire Provost Nancy Allison, who has been a part of each of the Community Awards since its inception, donates the Carers Award which recognises anyone who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour.

Anyone who lives or works in Renfrewshire can be nominated for an award.

Nominations can be completed online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostawards

Printed nomination forms are available at Council offices.

The winners in each category will be invited to a special ceremony which will be held in March 2017

For further enquiries contact: provostawards@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Thousands expected for Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Northern Irish rockers Ash will mark the start of Paisley’s festive season with a headline performance at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

Thousands are expected to head to the town centre on Saturday, November 18th to enjoy a host of free family fun, including the famous Reindeer Parade.

The switch on is the latest event in Paisley’s winter season, itself part of a wider programme in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will press the button to light up the town, assisted by lucky schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter’s Primary School.

Santa and his helpers will lead the procession down High Street at 1.30pm, before he opens his grotto at the Paisley Centre.

A performance from Children’s Classic Concert will provide a seasonal soundtrack from 2.30pm, with audience participation a must.

Twice-voted best music act at the Edinburgh Fringe, percussion superstars Owen and OIly, shake up your idea of classical music with a high-energy family concert.

Music headliners Ash will take to the Live Stage at 5.15pm for a performance before the town’s festive countdown officially starts with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

With 18 Top 40 singles including ‘The Girl from Mars’ and ‘Shining Light’ under their belt, the band, who first found fame as teenagers in the nineties, still know how to start a party.

Clyde 1 favourites, Callum Gallacher, Greigsy Grant Thomson, Amber, George Bowie and Cassi will be adding to the festive fun by spinning Christmas classics from the main stage.

At Paisley Abbey, festive shoppers can explore the Slug in a Bottle Christmas Market from 1pm, with over 30 stalls to search out the perfect gifts. Face painting and storytelling are among the family fun also on offer. An interactive snow globe in will be in Abbey Close for festive photo opportunities.

Revellers will find it hard to resist embracing the festive atmosphere and singing along with the merry Massaoke band as they play Christmas favourites with the words displayed on giant screens.

Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture title alongside Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea, with a decision expected in December.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On is bigger and better than ever and will bring thousands of people into the town centre which is great for business.

“As we bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 it’s great to show that we can host events on this scale. A winning bid would mean Paisley town centre would be hosting big events similar to this one every weekend.”

Paisley is also gearing up to host a four week Christmas spectacular in the town from November 24th, with plans, subject to approvals, for an ice rink, a panoramic Star Flyer ride and a Continental style market.

Hosted by Paisley First, Winter Fest also include a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town, from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.

For more information and timings on the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch on go to:http://www.paisley2021.co.uk/paisleys-winter-festival/paisley-christmas-lights/#whats-on-4826

The event means there will be a series of road closures around the town centre from 12.01am on Saturday morning, including parts of Gauze Street, St Mirren Street, Cotton Street, Lawn Street and Smithhills Street.

County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street and Abbey Close will close from 8am on Saturday morning until after the event.

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Thousands turn out for Paisley Fireworks spectacular

Thousands turned out to enjoy a dazzling display as Paisley’s annual fireworks spectacular went off with a bang this weekend.

The town’s historic skyline lit up in the extravaganza which delighted the gathered crowds of more than 25,000 when it burst into life on Saturday night, accompanied by an 80s soundtrack.

The themed event took place as part of Paisley’s Winter Festival as the town bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021.

Each of the town’s rivals – Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea – were given a surprise musical shout outs across the day.

The soundtrack to the display itself referenced Sunderland with ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics in celebration of the duo’s Dave Stewart, who hails from the city.

Stoke’s musical heritage was marked with ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses from 1987 in honour of guitarist Slash who was born in the city and spent his formative years there, while ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ from Bonnie Tyler was the musical nod given to Swansea. ‘One Step Beyond’ by Madness marked Coventry’s moment to celebrate its’ links with ska music and Paisley’s own musical heritage was celebrated with local star Kelly Marie’s 1980 hit, ‘Feels Like I’m in Love.’

Radio Clyde DJs Callum Gallacher and Grant & Amber earlier added to the musical fun, with George Bowie & Cassi also playing 80s classics leading up to the dazzling display, introduced by Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron.

Earlier in the day revellers enjoyed a host of 80s themed free family fun, including a silent disco, kids workshops and retro arcade games.

Remode Redesign ran fabric print workshops using a range of 80s games themed wooden blocks, while a silent disco saw two sets of music fans of all ages dance to different soundtracks through headsets.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform the whole of the Renfrewshire area.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This year’s display was nothing short of spectacular and it was great to see so many of the community come into the town centre to enjoy it.

“Seeing the fireworks against the back drop of Paisley Abbey really is something special and as we bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021 it’s a great reminder of how Paisley is capable of staging events such as this one.

“We were also delighted to pay special tributes to our fellow UK City of Culture 2021 rivals with a musical shout out at one of our biggest annual events.

“It seemed fitting to give a nod to them all – and to also mark our own home grown musical talent.”

The fireworks display follows the Halloween festival and parade in the town centre and precedes the Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 18.

To hear the spectacular 80s fireworks soundtrack by DJ Gerry Lyons go to:  Fire 2017 Wav 16bit by gerry lyons

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Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017

Photographs of Paisley Fireworks Display 2017. Thousand’s turned up to tonight’s event. Paisley was packed and the 80’s music went down a storm with families with the kids being stunned by the powerful display held at the heart of Paisley’s Historic centre.

The photographs above were taken by Ian McDonald Photography and kindly allowed for use on www.paisley.org.uk

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HALLOWEEN PARADE THIS SAT – NEW ROUTE FOR 2017!

Our spectacular Halloween Parade is always a festival highlight!
With a Fire Monster on a Paisley Chariot, the Spark! Drummers, LED lanterns, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners Band and lots more colourful participants, this is one not to be missed.

Parade route: New Street – Causeyside Street – St Mirren Brae – Gauze Street- Cotton Street