Youth Festiva Launch 21.8.19-4057

PAISLEY YOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE FROM 3-15 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Paisley Youth Arts Festival – a brand new multi-arts festival for young people in Paisley – has been launched today (Wednesday 21st August 2019).  The festival will run from 3-15 September 2019 and will feature over 50 events taking place in venues around the town centre, attracting up to 6000 young people from Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond. 

The project is one of the initiatives to come out of the Paisley 2021 legacy’s focus on youth arts events and is an independent project by local partners:  Create Paisley; Erskine Music and Media Studio; Outspoken Arts Scotland, PACE, Renfrewshire Leisure and University of West of Scotland (UWS).

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The festival will feature gaming, virtual reality, workshops for skills knowledge and pathways, podcasts, exhibitions, talent showcases, live music, open mic nights, parties and much more.  There are three strands to the programme: Kids (age 5-12 year olds); Teens (age 13-18) and Young Adults (18-25 year olds).  

Renfrewshire Leisure have programmed an evening of cool new bands and rising talent featuring: Man of Moon, Tiny Murder, Ghost Baby, Lunir + others.  Fresh from a summer tour, taking in Kelburn Garden Party, Belladrum, King Tut’s and the Outwith festival, the formidable Man of Moon bring their juggernaut of sound to Paisley. On the night they will be joined by up-and-coming Tiny Murder, who will bring their unique cinematic dream pop to the audience one of the most talented young groups to come from Renfrewshire, the unmissable Ghostbaby and electronic duo, Lunir.  Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/man-of-mon-tiny-murder-ghostbaby-tickets-67009504231

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Outspoken Arts Scotland’s programme for the festival will celebrate women in music with a full evening of folk, acoustic, singer-songwriters, unique and original talent at UWS.  The event will feature Paisley’s very own Carol Laula, who will perform with her band in this female-focused, variety-packed music extravaganza, presenting a full and fabulous set of her own whilst introducing some exciting women in music showcasing songs old and new. Featuring:  Jordan Stewart; Lisa Kowalski; Mandulu & Hephzibah; Marina Rolink; Erskine Music & Media; PACE Youth Theatre Choir + other acts tba. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carol-laula-band-guests-celebrating-women-in-music-tickets-67457775021

 

PACE Rep Company present four shows:  Little Wings, fresh from Edinburgh Festival; The Diary of Anne Frank; Avalanche and Sad Eyes to Smile With by performance poet, Ink Asher Kemp.  PACE will also be running workshops in acting, directing and performing skills.  All events take place at The Wynd on School Wynd. Tickets available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/pacetheatre

POP at The Piazza shopping mall in Paisley town centre will be the festival hub and will feature a variety of events including: a Retro Gaming Zone with a chance to play some of the classic platform games over each weekend;  The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging – a visual art installation by artist, Toby Messenger; a live Scottish video games podcast from The Nearly Men; an Open Mic Session by Erskine Music and Media Studio and a Zero Waste origami wallet/purse making workshop hosted by ReModeCreate Paisley will run a young creators relaunch party and art workshops for:  paper and ipad; poster printing and giant string arts.

Erskine Music and Media Studio will present: ‘Intro 2021‘- a compilation album featuring young up-and-coming artists aged between 12-25 from within Renfrewshire. The album will be launched at Comicrazy in Paisley with vinyl available to purchase at the event. This is a family-friendly free event celebrating the exciting local music scene in Renfrewshire.

University of West of Scotland’s Student Union in Storie Street will host their Freshers’ Finale UV Paint Party; The Big Quiz; A White T shirt party club night; a karaoke night; a ceilidh and whisky tasting and a silent disco.

The Fourth Wall is a virtual reality experience by John M Walter, part of 131st Annual Exhibition of Paisley Art Institute in the old Co-Op unit in The Piazza. 

Quotes from Erskine Music and Media Studio; UWS and Renfrewshire Leisure to follow. 

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Steven Thomson, Creative Director, Outspoken Arts Scotland, commented: “The team at Outspoken Arts Scotland are absolutely delighted that Paisley Youth Arts Festival has truly emerged as a shining example of collaboration and partnership with other key youth organisations in the area and as a direct outcome of all of our efforts in the bid legacy from Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture.” 

For further information and to see the full programme: http://youthartsfestival.co.uk/

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Parents and carers in Renfrew can get closer to their little ones thanks to a new ‘expression swing’ set to be installed in Knockhill Park.

Local volunteer group, Friends of Knockhill Park, secured a £9088 investment from Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund to install the swing within the park, as well as an array of new seating and picnic benches.

The swing offers a bonding experience that is both relaxing and fun and was requested by local families through a consultation process held earlier this year.

Margaret Laird, Chairperson of Knockhill Park, said: “I’ve lived and played in this park all my life and it’s amazing to see families coming back into the park because of what our group has achieved.

“We’re bringing in a parent and toddler swing which allows both people to be on it at the same time, which is especially good for young children who may be uneasy when their parent or carer is not with them.

“This swing will touch another part of the community which may have been missing and it’s a great investment as it’ll go on for years and years.”

The new equipment will enhance the parks facilities which currently include seven-a-side football pitches, swings, slides, a climbing web, an outdoor gym and a dog agility zone.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Friends of Knockhill Park have carried out some amazing work in recent years to make the park an inviting, welcoming place for the Renfrew community.

“This latest improvement will be great for families to use with their little ones and I’m sure it will be very well received by parents and carers in the area.

“New seating and picnic benches will also be welcome as it gives people a place to relax and enjoy the local park.

“If you have an idea for a similar project, please get in touch with the team and we’ll support you to make your application to the fund.”

The £1.87million fund aims to regenerate and make physical and environmental improvements to areas across Renfrewshire identified by the local community.

Awards from the fund will assist in bringing in external funding, increase community participation in local areas and encourage the process of transferring assets to local communities.

Each application must show it has consulted the local community to ensure there is a need and desire for the project and that it would improve community life.

£370,000 has been ringfenced from the overall £1.87million fund specifically for investment in Renfrewshire’s villages, through the Villages Investment Fund, and applications for this must show that they will strengthen the unique identity, heritage and character of village life.

For more information and to find out how to apply, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/greenspacesfund.

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Rocco 2019

The Chamber is delighted to announce that Paisley.is has been confirmed as main sponsor of Rocco 2019 for second year. 

 

Cllr Iain Nicolson, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said: “I am delighted that Paisley.is will be the headline sponsor for this year’s ROCCOs event.

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“The ROCCOs are a highlight in the calendar of the Renfrewshire business community and do such a great job of showcasing the creativity and entrepreneurialism putting Renfrewshire firmly on the map as a business destination of choice. 

“We have had great support for the Paisley.is destination brand from the business community and from the Chamber as we look to sell the benefits of doing business in Renfrewshire.

“I’m proud of the strength and the success of our business community, and it is a pleasure to be able to honour the best of the best at the 2019 awards.” 

The ROCCO’s now in their 16th year are open for entry and are Renfrewshire’s premier business event. 

CEO Bob Grant said, “The Chamber is delighted to welcome Paisley Is as returning main sponsor for Rocco 2019. The destination brand has grown since launch and its important role continues to highlight our strengths as a commercial location demonstrating we are open for business. We look forward to building on our key partnerships, encouraging investment and visitors to Renfrewshire. 

Thank you to all our category sponsors, without their support, the ROCCO’s would not be possible. I encourage businesses & organisations from all sectors to consider entering in 2019. Winning a ROCCO is a great achievement and competition is always fierce. Across the 17 categories we have something for everyone; from a sole trader or young entrepreneur & community group to well established SMEs and large corporates. You have plenty of time to enter the Rocco’s however please don’t leave it to the last minute. You can enter as many categories as you wish, and if you are planning to attend please book early, the ROCCO’s sell out every year well before the event.”

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The ROCCO’s are free to enter for members based anywhere plus non-members that are based in Renfrewshire. The 17 categories this year are:

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by the Scottish Leather Group

ROCCO Award for Developing the Young Workforce (West) – sponsored by DYW (West)

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Manufacturing – sponsorship available  

ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology – sponsored by Creation IP 

ROCCO Award for International Trade – sponsored by Glasgow Airport

ROCCO Award for Invest in Renfrewshire – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council / Invest in Renfrewshire

ROCCO Award for Most Promising New Business – sponsored by Renfrewshire Council 

ROCCO Award for Employer of the Year – sponsored by West College Scotland 

ROCCO Award for Family Business of the Year – sponsored by The Malcolm Group

ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year – sponsored by Rolls-Royce

ROCCO Award for Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Diageo

ROCCO Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by Paisley.is 

ROCCO Award for Community Champion – sponsored by Engage Renfrewshire & The Royal Bank of Scotland

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business with 5 or less employees – sponsored by intu Braehead

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business <25 employees – sponsorship available

ROCCO Award for Outstanding Performing Business >25 employees – sponsorship available

ROCCO Award for Renfrewshire’s Favourite Business – sponsored by the Paisley Daily Express (nominations open end of August)

 

The awards are open for entry until the 6th September. Shortlist will be announced end September and the winners announced at our awards ceremony on Friday 15th November at The Normandy Hotel hosted by Fred MacAulay.

On the night a charity raffle will support 2 charities including Accord Hospice 

For more info and to enter book a table – please visit www.roccoawards.com

The social medial hashtag is #2019Rocco

Open Doors at Renfrewshire. 8.9.18

Venues all over Renfrewshire are preparing to throw open their doors and invite people to delve deeper into their history.

Doors Open Days – Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, old and new – takes place this weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.

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More than 50 buildings across Renfrewshire – many of which do not normally allow access to what’s going on behind the scenes – will welcome people of all ages, and share interesting stories on Renfrewshire’s history and heritage.

Activities will take place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Bridge of Weir, Houston, Erskine and Inchinnan.

New venues introduced across Renfrewshire this year include – Brediland Allotments, Grow in Glenburn, Fountain Gardens, PACE, Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience, Wellmeadow Bowling Club, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners, Renfrew Police office, Renfrew North Parish Church and Johnstone Credit Union.

A group of intrepid individuals will also be going underground on a tour of Paisley’s medieval Abbey Drain. Places on this year’s tour were decided by a ballot.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Doors Open Day nationally, with more than 1000 buildings set to open across the country.

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Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron will be visiting a few of the venues on Saturday.

Provost Cameron said: “Doors Open Days is a weekend full of learning and fun and it’s always great to see people of all ages taking part.

“To have more than 50 venues signed up to take part this year is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to hearing interesting stories about our history and heritage that will inform our future.

“Major events like this are great for the local economy as they get people out and about and spending money locally. I hope that people of all ages take time out this weekend to get involved.”

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days supported by Historic Environment Scotland.

Visitors are being encouraged to share their Doors Open Days photos on social media using  #DODSCOT

A full list of venues can be viewed online at https://paisley.is/featured_event/renfrewshire-doors-open-days/

For a look forward to what’s coming up across Renfrewshire visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events or www.paisley.is

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THERE’S something for everyone to enjoy between now and the end of the year in the new series of shows, performances and events being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure.

The latest free edition of The Guide – the indispensible almanac for lovers of music, theatre and all things entertainment locally – has just been published.

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The booklet covers a veritable compendium of comedy, music, family events, thought-provoking theatre performances, dance, talks, film, panto and even Christmas Party nights.

Highlights of the coming months contained in The Guide include a host of events from the upcoming Paisley Youth Arts Festival and the annual Spree Festival.

Morag Macpherson, Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services Renfrewshire Leisure said: “We have a brilliant independent, dynamic youth arts scene, so expect the best from Paisley’s inaugural Youth Arts Festival in September.

“Young people and their grown ups have some beautifully crafted theatre to look forward to, with Anonymouse and Eaten at Paisley Arts Centre, WhirlyGig, at Foxbar Community Centre, and Stick By Me at Johnstone Town Hall as just a few examples.

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“People can experience the best in touring theatre, including Company Chordelia and Stellar Quines, and don’t miss contemporary dance piece The Box by Julia James-Griffiths.”

The Guide can be picked up from Paisley Arts Centre, Renfrew and Johnstone Town Halls and Linwood’s Tweedie Hall, or it can be downloaded from www.renfrewshireleisure.com .

To book any of the events featured in The Guide, log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or visit Paisley Arts Centre, in New Street, Paisley.

A local fostering agency is urging more families to become foster parents once their children leave the family home for university. 

With over 200,000 18-year olds from across the UK being offered a university place this year, Fosterplus, which provides fostering services in Paisley is looking for more parents to open up their hearts and homes to welcome children in need of care, support and love. 

The latest heart-breaking statistics from Ofsted show that 53,040 children were in care as of 31st March 2018, an increase of just over 1,000 compared to 2017 figures. This staggering number of children is enough to fill Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. 

To support the growing number of young people entering care, it’s currently estimated that over 8,000 families are required to become foster parents.

Fostering is a professional and paid role that welcomes people from all walks of life, but those who have brought up their own children will already have the experience and life skills that are so sought after in foster carers. 

Service Manager, Katie Broatch, commented; “As children grow up and move on to new adventures, it’s not rare to see parents going through what’s known as Empty Nesters Syndrome where they can experience feelings of grief and loneliness.” 

She continued; “While not a clinical condition, research has shown that it can result in depression and a loss of purpose. Instead of focusing on these negative feelings, we want parents to reflect on their life’s purpose and make them aware of how valuable they could be to a foster child.

“As they enter this new stage in life where children are leaving home, they’ll be in the perfect position to welcome a new child as their home will already be set up accommodatingly. Not only this but as they have cared for their own child, they’ll have built up so much experience and care, making them invaluable to a child in need.”

 

Fosterplus is an independent fostering agency whose aim as a fostering provider is to ensure that those in their care lead happy, stable, active childhoods – childhoods that provide the foundations for fulfilled and productive adulthoods.

If you would like to find out more about fostering, call the friendly team on 0800 369 8512 or visit https://www.fosterplus.co.uk/.

Nik Makeup Artist has teamed up with https://www.stevenallanimages.comto come up with a new look for her customers.

We hope you like our new look just as much as we do we feel it’s in keeping with the luxury services that we offer.

Here is the motion video of our new logo.

 

Paisley Halloween Festival - Big Grey

Paisley Halloween Festival returns for its biggest year yet – and for the first time ever the entire town centre will be the stage!

The Dark Circus rolls into Paisley on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2019 with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the town into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The free two-day spectacular, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will cover everywhere from Bridge Street and County Square to the Coats Memorial Church and Shuttle Street, serving up creepy characters and frightening fun at every turn.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will have an extended route for 2019. More than 300 costumed performers including local groups, voodoo acrobats, fire performers and curious creatures, jinxed jugglers and magnificent floats will be led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster to thrilling live music, offering plenty of frights and delights along the way. Don’t miss the Dark Circus Stage on Gauze Street where the ringmaster will be conjuring up spectacular acts from his troupe of possessed performers.

The Saturday will see aerial artists, All or Nothing, perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’ where professional artists will be joined by local performers who will circle and swirl around the haunted carousel suspended over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey. While international fire theatre company, PyroCeltica, will bring their unique performance to the Coats Memorial Church to delight the crowds.

New to the festival this year is the addition of the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in Dunn Square in the heart of the town, the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family. DJs will play a range of floorfillers to the masses covering everything from Halloween favourites to the best of Indie disco, pop and dance classics – making sure everyone gets into the party mood.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic, high-wire walking and hula hoop artists.

There will also be scary movie screenings at Paisley Arts Centre, costume making with sustainable fashion experts Re:Mode, terrifying tales with Village Storytelling Centre and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Julian Bracey, Artistic Director at Cirque Bijou, said: “We are delighted to be working on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and to be involved in an event so strongly rooted in the town. We’ve been sourcing the best local talent and working closely with community groups from across Paisley who we’ll be putting centre stage in our Dark Circus parade alongside some of our fantastic professional performers.

“Cirque Bijou specialise in creating unforgettable and exquisitely crafted shows and Paisley Halloween Festival will be no different. We’ll be pulling every trick (and treat!) out of the bag to make this year the most spooktacular yet and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.”

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in our calendar. Its stellar programme attracts thousands of visitors from across Scotland and beyond each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

“The festival has grown larger each year and this year will see our most ambitious and creative production yet as the entire town will become a circus stage, for professional and community performers to enthral the crowds.

“Events like this are not just great for visitors but for the local economy. Last year’s event was worth more than £1.9m to the local economy as the festival hosted 34,000 people who enjoyed the fantastic parade and captivating performances. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to the town and encourage them to spend local.

“Paisley’s programme of major events has made the town one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years – and we look forward to building on that national platform with the support of our creative partners like EventScotland who continue to work with us to make this event as successful as possible.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from Event Scotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the Paisley Halloween Festival through its National Events Programme. The festival was a huge success in 2018 as part of the Year of Young People programme, creating opportunities for the town’s young people to be involved in the co-creation of the event while also driving significant economic impact for the local area.

“It is great to see the festival building on this legacy and delivering its biggest programme yet, with aerial performances, workshops, silent disco and the showpiece Halloween Parade, with the exciting addition of Cirque Bijou’s dark circus set to capture the imaginations of both locals and visitors alike.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival and other events please visit www.paisley.is/halloween

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