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Easter activities for all the family

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Easter activities for all the family at Renfrewshire Arts & Museums.

With the Easter Weekend and the school Spring Holidays fast approaching, what better way to keep the kids entertained than by paying a visit to Paisley Museum or catching a performance at Paisley Arts Centre.

Starting on Good Friday and running throughout Easter Weekend, Paisley Museum will embark upon its annual Easter Egg Hunt around the galleries and Observatory with help from Museum mascot ‘Easter Buddy’. Plus, visitors can create their very own masterpiece by decorating an egg to be added to our growing Easter Tree or submit an entry for our new Buddy the Lion drawing competition. All Easter activities at Paisley Museum are FREE. The Museum will be open 11am – 4pm on Good Friday, 30 March and Easter Monday. Open 2pm – 5pm Easter Sunday.

Beyond Easter Weekend, our arts programme at Paisley Arts Centre is jam-packed with eggsellent, boredom-busting performances guaranteed to entertain spring chicks. Easter marks the start of the Puppet Animation Festival, the country’s largest performing arts event especially for children. Paisley Arts Centre will be hosting two events in conjunction with this festival; glow-in-the-dark puppet adventure ‘Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl’ on April 10, plus a matinee showing of the hand-crafted, animated film ‘A Cat in Paris’ on April 13. Then, for ages 8+, we have the swash-buckling superhero adventure ‘The Mark of Zorro’ swooping on to the stage on April 4.

The Mark of Zorro is on 4 April at 1.30pm. Suitable for ages 8 +, tickets cost £5. Oscar and the Deep Sea Pearl is on 10 April at 2pm. Suitable for ages 4+, tickets cost £4. A Cat in Paris (PG) will be screened 13 Apr at 2pm. Tickets cost £4 (£2 concession). Tickets can be booked online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

For further information on our Easter events, future events, exhibitions or shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

 

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Your Bard, By the Way

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Celebrating the life of Scotland’s bard: BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) at Paisley Arts Centre.

Robert Burns was a dramatic figure. The events of his life are the stuff of theatre. His humble beginnings as a plough lad, his acceptance by Edinburgh society, the women he loved (and lost) and who loved and lost him, his fiery championing of the underdog are in themselves remarkable. Add to this is talent for finding true expression in the Scots tongue, and you have a man whose life story cries out to be told, over and over again.
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Written in rhyming Scots, BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) is a whirlwind of a play, celebrating the life of Scotland’s bard through hilarious comedy, beautiful song, stirring passion and heart-rending tenderness. Two actors play all twenty roles, moving seamlessly across age, gender and class to portray the people and events that shaped the poet’s life and works. Including a dramatic recital of Tam o Shanter, the play is packed with excerpts from many of the bard’s poems and songs so there is plenty on offer for the Burns enthusiast as well as the newcomer. 

BURNS! (Your Bard, By the Way) will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 22 February at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking.

For further information on Burns! (Your Bard, By the Way), future events and shows log on to www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts.

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PAISLEY PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

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PAISLEY PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

PAISLEY ABBEY

SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER AT 7.45PM

PAISLEY PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

AS PART OF ABBEY 850 CELEBRATIONS

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paisley0abbey-850“FIVE CENTURIES OF MUSIC”

a wide programme of sacred and secular pieces
by

Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi, Bach, Parry,
Schonberg, Wagner etc. etc.

Tickets priced £10 on sale at the Abbey shop or at the door.

Info at: www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Light Switch on 2012

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Paisley Fireworks and Christmas light switch on 2012

Double events boost for Paisley
Paisley is set for a double events boost after Renfrewshire Council decided to reintroduce two separate events in November for the Paisley Fireworks and Christmas Lights switch on.

The previous council combined the two events last year.

Abbey foreworksNow Renfrewshire Council has decided to bring them back as separate all-day events to start the countdown to Christmas in style.

The Paisley Fireworks Display will take place on Saturday 3 November.

The town’s Christmas Lights switch-on will be held on Saturday 10 November.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said the decision was reached after discussion with the business community and will deliver two “distinctive, cost-effective events” with increased local involvement.

“First and foremost, this council believes that Paisley deserves and can sustain two big events,” said Councillor Macmillan.

“I am sure that the move will be welcomed by Paisley residents and the thousands of visitors who come to the town to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s also important that we maximise the impact of these events as part of the continuing partnership approach to regenerate Paisley town centre. By having two big events with thousands coming in to Paisley throughout the day on two successive Saturdays, local retailers can get ready for a double boost to start the countdown to Christmas.

“We’ve seen several positive signs for Paisley in recent months.  Those include new shops coming soon to the former Littlewoods store on the High street, the announcement of major residential investment in Gilmour Street, the council’s recent decision to introduce free on street parking in the town centre on Saturdays, and our plans to encourage private property owners to tidy up the appearance of their buildings.”

“When I spoke to business leaders on how we could build on those achievements, there was unanimous backing for the council’s plans not only to restore but further boost these events.

“We are in the process of securing commercial sponsorship for the leading performers at the events.  That demonstrates the commitment of local retailers to our two event strategy and our broader programme for the town centre.

“We will also be increasing local participation and involvement in the town centre events. There are exciting plans to showcase local talent alongside more established performers.

“Overall, these plans are good for the community and economy of Paisley and I look forward to announcing more details in the next few weeks.”

Bob Davidson, chief executive of Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, said:  “Big events like these are great for Paisley – for businesses and  residents. And with the great turnout that I am sure these events will get, they’ll put Paisley proudly on the map as a great place for hosting events such as The Spree in October and the Royal National Mod next year. The Chamber encourages businesses to plan for these events and maximise the opportunity they bring – they are a great opportunity to attract new customers.”

Maureen Hill, Centre Manager at The Piazza Shopping Centre in Paisley, said:  “There’s a real buzz about Paisley on these big event days as tens of thousands of people come into the town centre.  It’s good news that Paisley will have two big events to launch the run up to Christmas.  I’m sure our stores in the Piazza will be looking to make the most of this opportunity and welcome existing and new customers.”

More details will be announced in the coming weeks on the performers and activities at both events.

To keep up to date with all the details follow @rencouncilnews on Twitter

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Street Stuff Christmas Tournament

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paisley logo webStreet Stuff Christmas Tournament

Young football fans from across Renfrewshire could score themselves an early Christmas present and win the chance to share a pitch with some of their SPL heroes.

Youngsters aged 10 – 16 are being invited to take part in a Street Football tournament on Saturday 10 December.

The winning team in the 13 – 16 age group will then get the chance to take part in a half time 10 second challenge on the first team pitch at the St Mirren V Rangers match on Christmas Eve.

The top two teams in the 10 – 12 age group will get the chance to play a small sided game during half time at St Mirren and Dundee Utd match on December 28.

The tournament is being run as part of the popular Street Stuff programme which is a hugely successful youth diversion activity programme which has helped contribute to significant reductions in youth disorder in communities across Renfrewshire.

The programme has this year expanded to encourage local young people to give back to their communities.

The Kick and Collect scheme encourages the teenagers to give back to communities and in return get the chance to take part in more activities.

St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to get on the pitch in front of a packed crowd at a major SPL game and test their skills. It’s a bit of fun as well as a great way to get young people involved in giving something back to their communities and be a positive example to others.”

All teams taking part in the street football tournament on Saturday 10 December must take part in a community clean up scheme.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety Spokesperson, said: “Street Stuff has been a huge success since it started three years ago and now it’s expanding to not just get young people taking part in positive, healthy activities but also to get them giving back to their communities. The Kick and Collect Scheme is a great way to show our appreciation for their hard work.”

Anyone interested in submitting a team (No league teams allowed) send your completed application form to us no later than Friday 2 December 2011

The tournament will run from 5.30pm – 8.30pm at St Mirren FC’s astro parks, Greenhill Road, Paisley.

To find out more information or get a form contact Stephen Gallacher on 07557281581 or stephen@saintmirren.net.

Street Stuff is run in partnership by Renfrewshire Council, Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Engage Renfrewshire, Arriva, St Mirren FC and Reid Kerr College.

Provided by Renfrewshire Council.

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Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

The Renfrewshire Festival Team is proud to present this 4th programme as part of the national Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Our programme features 47 events, including the genres of: art, comedy, drama, dance, film, music and words, in venues from theatres to pubs, and involves many participating partners including community arts groups, service user groups, Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire CHP.

‘Beating Stigma’ is our big public launch in County Square on 1 October 11am—3pm. It promises to be an interactive & entertaining event; showcasing the talents of local musicians,
singers and dancers hosted by Gina McKie of Radio Clyde. Read more

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Paisley Doors Open Day 2011

Paisley Doors Open Day seemed to be a success on Saturday, although it should have been better advertised elsewhere. We seemed to be the only website that didn’t just put a link up to a pdf website (Renfrewshire Council I am looking at you).

Also, the Staff at St Mirin’s Cathedral asked everyone who came through their doors ‘Where did you hear about us having our doors open to the public’, and they all said they had seen it on the Paisley Scotland Facebook Page. Somehow they had been omitted from the brochure and they had put a lot of time, work and effort into preparing for the day. It was a real shame.

Paisley.org.uk passed on the information very quickly and we will continue to grow relationships with all community organisations, churches, groups and people to help promote all the excellent things we have going on in our town. Read more

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Fire Engine Rally Paisley 2011

Here are a few images from today’s Fire Engine Rally held in Paisley town centre.

For more events in the Paisley schedule please check our up to date events listing which can be found by clicking here

http://www.paisley.org.uk/paisley-renfrewshire-events/ Read more

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Paisley celebrates historic Sma Shot Day

Date: Saturday 2 July
Time/ Venue:
12pm – parade sets of from Brodie Park, Paisley, finishing at Abbey Close.
12.30pm onwards – youth gym bus at Paisley Cross.
BBC Radio DJ Ally McCrae and a variety of local bands and performers at County Square, Paisley.
Stalls, dancers, singers, mini-farm and tea dance at Paisley Town Hall, Abbey Close.
1.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm – Clan Scotland Cycle Stunt Team shows at Paisley Cross.
5pm – ‘Burning of the Cork’ fire display, Abbey Close.

Paisley is set to celebrate the historic victory of the town’s weavers over the mill owners with a packed day of fun and entertainment this weekend.

Sma Shot Day, which is one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the country, starts at 12noon with the traditional parade from Brodie Park to Abbey Close, lead by Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson and culminates in the spectacular burning of the cork at Abbey Close at 5pm.

In between there will be lots going on including the Clan Scotland Cycle Stunt Team showing off their skills at Paisley Cross, alongside the youth gym bus.

At County Square there will be entertainment provided by BBC Radio DJ Ally McCrae and a variety of local bands and performers as well as a range of arts and crafts on offer.

If that’s not enough, at Paisley Town Hall and Abbey Close there will be a tea dance from 1pm, a mini farm, a selection of variety acts, dancers and singers, a community planning partnership marquee and PACE Theatre Group’s performance of the Sma Shot story.

Sma Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century. The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma Shot Day.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “Sma’ Shot Day is a unique festival that celebrates an important episode in Paisley’s history. It has been celebrated with a parade and family day for over 150 years and this year’s programme looks like our best yet.

“The parade is always great fun with lots of music and people in fancy dress and as ever I hope the people of Renfrewshire will come out and join in the festivities.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

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Concert Paisley Town Hall

Graham Laurie Accordion orchestra, with special guests Ian MacPhail and friends and Alastair Mcdonald

Call 01505 343 980

should be a brilliant night, book early to avoid dissapointment.