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The Spree Festival Paisley Launch

A new Scottish national music and arts festival will kick off in Paisley on 25th October, running until 28th October and includes a line up of artists such as Roddy Frame, Francois and the Atlas Mountains, Damien Dempsey and comedian Craig Hill as well as a full day of Celtic Connections on the Sunday. This photocall and interview opportunity will be held the day before for print or broadcast on Thursday, 25 October.

In the pictures below: In the specially imported and very colourful spiegeltent, called Idolize, kids from PACE Youth Theatre joined Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, and Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of the council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, to mark the occasion.

The kids from PACE were wearing Spree orange t-shirts and the councillors even got their hands on the over-sized cut out guitar, fiddle and microphone. The kids will also danced with voile ribbons in Spree colours to add a touch more colour to an already colourful picture.

Location of the Spiegeltent, County Square, Paisley, PA1

All Paisley Photographs taken by Ian McDonald for Paisley on the web.

Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme

Superb line-up of Scottish musical talent set to kick off Renfrewshire Arts and Museums’ new autumn programme:

Autumn has arrived in Renfrewshire with a new and exciting arts programme jam packed with music gigs, plays, film screenings, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, dance pieces and outreach classes and events taking place at venues across the region.

The music programme kicks off with Heidi Talbot sharing a stage with John McCusker, Kris Drever and Ian Carr, quickly followed by a new series of Paisley Underground gigs which returns for its third year focusing on artists from 3 of the country’s most dynamic record labels as well as developing and promoting emerging talent.

Again the theatre programme boasts a diverse mix of themes, from the heart-warming and hilarious ‘The Matchmaker’ to the wonders of witchcraft, Wi-Fi and wild imagination in ‘The Scarlett WWWeb’. Moreover, the newly refurbished Renfrew Town Hall will play host to ‘The Monster in the Hall’ by award winning playwright David Greig and come November you are encouraged to lose control as ‘Sing-a-long-a Grease‘ hits Paisley Town Hall with an electrifying performance.

The countdown to Mòd 2013 is now well underway and as a taster, Gaelic musicians Mairi Morrison and Alasdair Roberts take to the stage to perform their stunning new recording of ‘Urstan’ during The Spree festival in October.

Renfrewhire Arts and Museums is again working with The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival to bring you insightful discussions, films, such as ‘My Name Is Joe’, and a drama performance called ‘Piece of Mind’; which brings to life the experiences of young people suffering from Bipolar Disorder.

Two exhibitions not to be missed at Paisley Museum this season are Paisley Artists 100th Annual Exhibition and ‘Paisley’s River’, a presentation of the role that the White Cart Water has played in the town’s development over the years.

Once again our talented outreach team will be running an extensive programme of creative art, fashion design and animation classes, as well as family favourites Playdays! @ the Museum and themed Baby Discos.

The new Autumn What’s On brochure, complete with the full arts programme is available from various venues and hotspots across Renfrewshire and Glasgow.

You can also keep up to date with Renfrewshire Arts and Museums by following www.facebook.com/renfrewshirearts, logging onto www.renfrewshire.gov.uk or signing up to their e-newsletter by emailing rem.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk where you have the chance of winning a £50 Amazon gift card if you do so before 2 November.

The Spree national festival will bring something new to the Scottish arts scene and to prove it organisers have announced its programme for under 18s.  Three local initiatives; Create, Pace Theatre and Loud ‘n’ Proud will show just how talented you people can be.

Create is inspired, informed and run by volunteers and interns who are dedicated to building a creative arts focused future for Paisley where a community of confident young artists and musicians can develop and thrive.

On Friday 26 October, Create, in association with Hit the Road will hit the stage with Create Wars 2012, its final battle of the local bands.  Last year’s winner Crown of Storms will head the bill before hitting the road on their own Scottish tour. The Wynd Centre, Paisley, from 18:00, £2

On Saturday 27 October, Loud ‘n’ Proud will present the Wee Band and the Acutones with special guests.

Loud ‘n’ Proud was founded in 2001 as a local music project and it has developed an impressive track record in developing musical talent.  Loud ‘n’ Proud graduates regularly perform at festivals and win competitions.   Spiegeltent, Paisley, 12:00 – 14:00, £10 / 8

The Spree’s about a good laugh too, so there’s a Kids’ Comedy Club, in association with The Stand Comedy Club on Saturday 27.  Viv Gee, Billy Kirkwood and Steven Dick, offer comedy and magic in a show aimed at  8 – 12 year olds.  All content is age appropriate, every young fan must be accompanied by an adult and the club is not suitable for the under 5s. The Wynd Centre, Paisley, from 14:00, £5

Local theatre company, PACE, will  be performing “Terra Nova”……………The roots of our lives spread out in all directions, some to the north, some south, east and west, creating a true concordia of ideas to inspire our spirit with every step we take into the unknown…”

In a unique work devised for The Spree’s Spiegeltent, young actors pave the way for more vibrant creativity in the reflective sight of their Terra Nova … In words, movement and song PACE is stepping out to the rhythms of its heart. Spiegeltent, Paisley, from 15:00

All photographs taken for Paisley.org.uk by Tracey Clements.

The Spree festival Paisley, is a brand new music, arts and comedy festival taking place in Paisley from 25 – 28 October 2012. For the first time ever Paisley will have its very own Spiegeltent in County Square.
Visit the fantastic brand new website www.thepsree.co.uk
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The Spree is a new four day festival taking place in Paisley across four different venues, Paisley Abbey, Paisley Arts Centre, The Wynd Centre and a Spiegeltent based in County Square. Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 October 2012!

The festival encompasses music, drama, dance, comedy and has something for everyone to enjoy… Roddy Frame, Karen Matheson, Damien Dempsey, Francois and the Atlas Mountains and comedian Craig Hill headline the festival.

From lunch time comedy clubs, Roddy Frame performing live in Paisley Abbey to Craig Hill performing in the Spiegeltent this really will be a fabulous four days of complete entertainment.

Tickets can be purchased from www.tickets-scotland.com or 08444 155 221 or from the Renfrewshire Council box office on 0141 887 1010

Event Listing:
Thursday 25th October 2012
  • 10.00 -11.00: Gaelic workshops – trio of musicians FREE to be held in the Spiegeltent
  • 12.00 -2.00: Who’s lunch is it anyway? In association with The Stand to be held in the Spiegeltent £5 PER TICKET
    This improvised comedy show will have you in stitches. Marvel as Stuart Murphy & Garry Dobson weave comedy magic from your suggestions
  • 5.00 – 6.00: 5PM Club Reid Kerr College performance – two acoustic acts FREE to be held in the Spiegeltent
  • 6.00 – 7.30: Panel event to be held in Paisley Arts Centre FREE
  • 7.30 -10.00: Paisley Underground presents Chemikal Underground – Human Don’t be Angry supporter by Miaoux Miaoux to be held in the Spiegeltent £12/£10 TICKETS
  • 7.30 -10.00: Karen Matheson Band (Gaelic singer, lead in Capercaillie) and Dick Gaughan TICKETS £18/£16, event to be held in Paisley Abbey

Friday 26th october

  • 10.00 -11.00: Gaelic workshops – trio of musicians FREE to be held in the Spiegeltent
  • 12.00 -2.00: Who’s lunch is it anyway? In association with The Stand held in the Spiegeltent £5 PER TICKET
  • 5.00 – 6.00: 5PM Club Reid Kerr College performance – two acoustic acts FREE held in the Spiegeltent
  • 6pm: Create in association with Hit the Road held in the The Wynd Centre TICKETS £2
  • 7.00 – 9.00: Craig Hill, comedian held in the Spiegeltent TICKETS £14.50/£13
  • 9.30 -11.30: Damien Dempsey album tour (West of Scotland excl) £12/£10 TICKETS held in the Spiegeltent

Saturday 27th October

  • 10.00 – 11.00: Gaelic workshops – trio of musicians FREE held in the Spiegeltent
  • 12.00 – 2.00: Loud and Proud present ‘The Wee Band’ and ‘The Acutones’, plus special guest singers held in the Spiegeltent TICKETS £10/£8
  • 2.00: Kids Comedy Club in association with The Stand Comedy Club held in the The Wynd Centre. TICKETS £5
  • 2.00: Seminar held in the Reid Kerr College FREE
  • 3.00 – 5.00: Pace Youth Theatre held in the Spiegeltent TICKETS £10/£5
  • 7.00: Fidil and Bard Band £12/10 TICKETS held in the Spiegeltent
  • 7.00: Roddy Frame plus support £18/16 TICKETS held in the Paisley Abbey
  • 8.00: Mairi Morrison, Gaelic influence, just recorded album and Alasdair Roberts, Indie and Folk £12/10 TICKETS held in the Paisley Arts Centre
  • 9.30: Best of Scottish Comedy in association with The Stand -Bruce Devlin, Raymond Mearns , Keir MacAllister, James Kirk. £10/£8 TICKETS held in the Spiegeltent

Sunday 28th October

  • 2.00 -5.00: – Danny Kyle stage in association with Celtic Connections
    Breabach – recently nominated as Best Group at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Scots Trad Awards simultaneously in 2011

    Craig Jeffrey PLUS MORE TO BE REVEALED.
    TICKETS £10/£8 held in the Spiegeltent

  • 7.30: Francois and the Atlas Mountains, indie and folk (Scottish Exclusive) plus special guests. TICKETS £12/£10 held in the Spiegeltent

This listing is by no means the final listing and is subject to change, it is purely there to give visitors and the people of Paisley a guide to what is on during the Spree event in October.

Keep coming back to www.paisley.org.uk for more on the Spree itself. Or please visit the brand new website www.thespree.co.uk

The Spree website should be live week commencing 6th August 2012. You can also visit the Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/thespreefestival

Tickets can be purchased from www.tickets-scotland.com or 08444 155 221 or from the Renfrewshire Council box office on 0141 887 1010

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Some video taken by John McIntyre for www.paisley.org.uk on behalf of Weaving Musical Threads, which was a fantastic weekend of music and festival of arts throughout Renfrewshire the 3rd and 4th March 2012.

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Paisley MOD 2013

Mòd Phàislig & Voices in Paisley are offering an exciting opportunity to compose the tune ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mod 2013’which will celebrate the historic visit of the renowned Gaelic festival to the town in 2013. As their contribution to Weaving Musical Threads, the arts extravaganza which takes place across Renfrewshire on 3 & 4 March, the Mòd Phàislig 2013 team have combined with Voices in Paisley to host this competition, with the winner being unveiled on Saturday 3 March when a number of Gaelic choirs will perform in the town as part of the celebrations.

In order to enter the competition email or post a manuscript of your composition to the Mòd Phàislig team. Do not put your name on the manuscript as the judging will be anonymous. It would be useful if entrants could also submit some audio of the tune being played, although this is not essential. In addition to the manuscript, a covering letter is required with full contact details, as well as any information you feel is necessary. E-mail entries to modphaislig2013@yahoo.co.uk or post to Mòd Phàislig 2013, 12 Ben Nevis Road, Paisley, PA27LA by 8 February. If you have any queries contact Ealasaid MacDonald on 07535514385

In addition to having the honour of their tune being the soundtrack to the Mòd Phàislig celebrations, the winner will receive a cheque for £150. Judging the competition to the final two are three stalwarts of traditional music, Duncan Nicholson, Pipe Major of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Brian Laurie of the Brian Laurie Accordion Music School and Andrew Gifford of the renowned band Fiddlers Bid. It will be the audience at the Gaelic Choirs event on 3 March that will make the final decision.

Jim Drennan, Chair of Voices in Paisley said:

‘We are delighted to be working with Mòd Phàislig 2013 as our contribution to Weaving Musical Threads. The tune will provide a lovely soundtrack to the preparations for the Mòd, and will be a lasting legacy. We hope composers from Renfrewshire and afar take the opportunity to be part of two exciting events.’

Ealasaid MacDonald, Convenor of Mòd Phàislig 2013, said

‘This is an excellent opportunity for people to be at the centre of the Mòd Phàislig celebrations. The tune will be central at all events as we prepare for the Mòd and also while it is here in the town. We are grateful to our judges for giving their time to judge and I know they are looking forward to seeing the different interpretations of ‘Paisley welcomes the Royal National Mòd 2013’.

For press queries contact Ealasaid (Liz) MacDonald on 07535514385 or email liz.macdonald-ce@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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We are always looking to increase our partnership within organisations in the Paisley area, we find it essential for the growth of not only our social enterprise but the business and organisations awe are associated with, everyone gains from a partnership with ourselves. We will be running various courses soon and our partners get a discount.

What does a partner with us mean? Well it means we should essentially be in contact and share a common goal, we should help each other out with experience or pass on the details of someone who could help further.

How do you become a partner? Simple contact us brian@paisley.org.uk and in your title just put partner. And tell us a wee bit more about yourself and organisation.

How much does it cost to be a partner? Well it’s free, yes it really is, if you wish to make a donation then that’s fine by us but primarily we want to talk to as many people as possible and take it from there, we are centrally based in the town and ideal for meeting up with other groups informally or formally. Just give us a shout.Paisley

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

SUMMERFEST! 2011

PACE Theatre Company has announced that the UKs biggest summer performing arts festival for young people will be launched this Saturday 28th May @ 10am at their Spires Drama Studios in Schooly Wynd.

This year’s SummerFest! has something for everyone . As well as music, dance, comedy and dramas there are exciting adaptations of productions like, “Comedy of Errors” and “Charlotte’s Web”, musical events including “Evita” and “Matilda” and the sure to be popular hilarious comedyfest’s “Pirates and My Auntie Jean” and “Jeremy Kyle : The Opera”! There will be performances every week in The Wynd Centre Auditorium, and Paisley Arts Centre as well as in diverse venues such as the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Braehead Shopping Centre, Eastwood theatre, Kyle Theatre in Ayr and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

David Wallace, PACE’s Executive Director said, “This is by far the most exciting summer festival we have ever had. There are over 40 performances in just 6 weeks, which will be seen by over 5,000 people. What is unique about this Arts festival however is that every performance will be by young people and anyone can take part.”

Mhairi Gilbert, PACE’s Artistic Director who will be premiering her new work ‘Avalon’ said, “SummerFest gives thousands of young people the opportunity to take part in arts projects which will not only teach valuable skills like confidence and communication, and will also make sure that this summer is one they will never forget.”

All the events have been devised to guarantee an enjoyable, creative and memorable experience for those who take part. Events are open to PACE members and non-members. Performances are also open to everyone to enjoy whether you are participating or just want to see a great performance!

Further information about SummerFest! can be found online at www.youththeatre.com or by calling the PACE team on 0845 130 5218.

Download the Brochure here.

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PACE Theatre group are the Renfrewshire Community Champions “see section here

Since being formed by David Wallace in 1988 PACE has grown to become one of the largest youth theatre companies in the UK, creating countless opportunities for local youths with a dramatic flair and putting on shows that have thrilled the public year after year.

Based in Paisley, PACE has worked with over 250,000 young people since its inception, including over 20,000 who have become members of PACE Youth Theatre. PACE runs over 1,750 youth theatre workshops every year and its productions perform annually to audiences of over 200,000.

There’s four sides to PACE:

PACE Theatre Company
PACE Youth Theatre
PACE Casting
PACE Media Productions

PACE Theatre Company

PACE are renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions, in particular their much-loved and anticipated annual pantomime that they’ve put on every festive period since 1988 (see below for more details of this year’s show).
They’re also responsible for numerous other professional productions such as the Slab Boys Trilogy, commissioned and written original work and created several spectacular large-scale performances, including ‘Cradlesong’ for Renfrew’s 600 year anniversary.

PACE Youth Theatre

PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest and most successful youth theatre in the UK. Over 2000 young people attend their weekly workshops in drama, music and dance. As well as teaching performance skills, these workshops increase the confidence, communications skills and self expression of the participants. They’re a lot of fun, too. Past members include James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini and David Sneddon.
Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff and members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for events at ‘Fest!’ – their popular school holiday performing arts festival.

PACE Media Productions

PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company. It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Executive, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.

PACE Casting

This casting agency was set up to represent PACE’s youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions. It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies.

PACE Pantomime – Tickets Selling Fast!

If you see anything this December make sure you see PACE Theatre Company’s 23rd Annual Pantomime – Aladdin. Starring David Wallace – the ‘Doyenne of Dames’ – and Alan Orr, along with a whole host of hilarious characters, fantastic original music, and the liveliest, most energetic chorus of young actors – this is one night out that you won’t want to miss!
Aladdin runs from Friday 26 November to Friday 31 December.

Box Office: 0141 887 1010
Group Bookings: 0845 130 5218
Online booking: www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking

PACE Website: www.pacetheatre.com