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Paisley Photographs of the Paisley Fireworks

Paisley.org.uk were also positioned at various parts of the town with one of our photographers Alex Kyle being positioned just behind the cenotaph with a great view of the Town Hall and the fireworks, here are Alex’s photographs of the evening. There are a lot more photographs to come keep coming back or check our Facebook page or Twitter page for updates.

All photographs below are taken by Alex Kyle of www.paisley.org.uk 

Thanks also to Paisley Skate for accommodating one our photographers yesterday. Click here for their Facebook Page.

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Anchor Mill Studio were on hand to take some photographs of the build up to Saturday’s Fireworks Display in Paisley, as you will see it was a fantastic day all round, well done to everyone involved.
Paisley.org.uk would like to announce our new partnership with Anchor Mill Studio. This partnership comes out of the Positive Paisley workshop that we took part in last week as part of the #positivepaisley Day in which over 2005 individual people took part in a 24 hour long promotion of the town.
Anchor Mill Studio also promotes new photography talent. They took some of their team to the Fireworks Display in town to showcase the wonderful fireworks event which took place.

Below are some of the photographs they took from Saucelhill showing Paisley Abbey, Paisley Town Hall and also the Anchor Mill in the centre of the photographs, stunning I am sure you will agree..

You can find out more about Anchor Mill Studio by visiting their Facebook page here.

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Paisley Spree is a triumph
Six months of planning, 24 events and nearly 3,000 people made last weekend’s new national festival, The Spree, a triumph.

The music, arts and comedy festival launches Paisley’s Year of the Mod and showed just how well the town is suited to holding major cultural events. Next October, the Spree will wrap round the Mod; making Paisley the focal point for Scottish music, drama and comedy.

the spreePeople from Tokyo, Texas, Ireland and throughout the UK visited Paisley to see artists such as Roddy Frame, Damien Dempsey and Karen Matheson, Fidil and Chemikal Underground. They also enjoyed some rip-roaring comedy: Craig Hill’s outrageous Jock’s Trap!, lunchtime improvisation, kids’ comedy and Saturday night’s Best of Scottish Comedy in association with the Stand comedy club.

A Spiegeltent was shipped in from Holland and local people watched on in amazement as this spectacular venue was erected in Paisley’s County Square within 24 hours.

There were four partners involved in funding and delivering the project; Creative Scotland, Renfrewshire Council, EventScotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said:

“The Spree was a great success. We were proud to welcome so many visitors to Paisley and, of course, Renfrewshire’s people got the chance of a great night out on their door step.

“The Spree shows us all how a real town setting like Paisley does can add to a festival’s character. The Abbey and the Spiegeltent were fantastic venues, the town’s people welcomed our visitors in the best Paisley spirit and the atmosphere around the town lively and friendly.”

The Spree organisers worked closely with local organisations such as: Reid Kerr College, who assisted with the photography and radio interviews; the University of West of Scotland, who are working on the festival evaluation; Loud ‘n’ Proud, a local youth charity who help develop young musicians in Scotland; and PACE Youth Theatre.

The festival ended yesterday with a full day of Celtic Connections that included a flavour of the Danny Kyle Stage. Previous finalists such as Breabach and Craig Jeffrey entertained a full Spiegeltent audience who were then treated to a Scottish exclusive performance by Francois and the Atlas Mountains.

Amanda Moulson, Renfrewshire Council’s Town Centres and Events Manager added:

“The Spree has had a great impact on Paisley and has placed us firmly on Scottish events map; proving that great things can happen in towns as well as cities. We’re happy to send out a huge thank you to everyone who attended a Spree event and who supported the festival in its first year.

“Paisley can prepare for an even a bigger Spree next year as we welcome the National Royal Mòd.”

www.thespree.co.uk

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Voices in Paisley Lunchtime Recitals

The following poster gives the details of the lunchtime recitals beginning Monday the 29th October

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Lunchtime Poster A4 PDF

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Following on from the success of the SPREE festival, Voices in Paisley, offers a short programme of exciting concerts and recitals for 2012.

The Paisley Voices festival welcomes Mezzo soprano, Taylor Wilson, for a concert of songs from all over the world entitled ‘Alchemy’.

The multi-lingual vocalist has recently returned from a tour in Hong Kong and a University series around Scotland. She is famed for her rich tone and dramatic story-telling and has been highly praised for her thrilling live performances.

Taylor will be accompanied by Karen McVicar on piano and accordion (PRS British composer award 2010) and by Rudi de Groote on cello (principal cellist Orchestra of Scottish Opera).

The concert will take place on 2nd November at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas Church, St. James’ Street, Paisley. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions and are available from Print and Copy it, High Street, Paisley or by telephoning 0141-887-4202. Further information available at www.paisleyvoices.co.uk

Taylor Wilson Poster PDF

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Paisley Photographs of the Idolize SpiegelTent – the perfect cabaret and music salon

European SpiegelTents are hand-hewn mirrored pavilions that have been used as traveling dance halls, bars and entertainment salons since the early 20th century. Built of wood, mirrors, canvas, leaded glass and detailed in velvet and brocade, every SpiegelTent brings its own personality to an event or performance.

Very few of these legendary ‘tents of mirrors’ still survive but one’s coming to Paisley. Our SpiegelTent, Idolize, is a baroque beauty who will grace County Square during The Spree and add her own charms to our music and comedy.

All Photographs by Ian McDonald for Paisley Photographs

For more information about The Spree Festival please visit www.thespree.co.uk/venue/spiegeltent

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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.

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Taylor Wilson

Alchemy

Voices in Paisley Festival Fringe,

at Holy trinity & St Barnabas Church

St James Place, St James Street, Paisley, PA3

Tickets £8 / £6 conc

Time 8pm (Doors open 7.30)

Box Office 0141 887 4202

www.taylorwilson.com

www.faceook.com/taylorwilsonvocalist

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MUSICAL MILLS

A celebration of Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage

PAISLEY THREAD MILL MUSEUM

MILE END MILL

SEEDHILL ROAD, PAISLEY

SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 12- 4PM

ENTRY FREE

 

  • MUSIC     
  • HISTORY
  • POETRY
  • ART…

 

…four good reasons to celebrate Paisley (as if you needed a reason!) and you’ll find all of them at Musical Mills in the Thread Mill Museum on Saturday 3 November.  Weaving Musical Threads and University of the West of Scotland orchestrate an afternoon of some of the best talent to be found in Renfrewshire. Not to mention a few guests from its sunny Glasgow suburbs.  Here are just some of the names who’ll lend their talents to a symphony of culture and entertainment:

 

Sandy Stoddart

Yes, you’ve blinked and his name is still there!  Musical Mills hosts the premier of a new, never before revealed artwork from the internationally acclaimed sculptor!

 

Graham Fulton

Paisley punk poet extraordinaire and author of such collections as The Iron Bar Man and Speed of Dark

 

Dave Manderson

Author of the critically acclaimed novel, Lost Bodies.  Read this and you’ll never walk alone in the dark again!

 

Brian Whittingham

Reading poems from his new collection, Clocking in Clocking out, recently launched from the Titan Crane in Clydebank (not Brian, the book)

 

Anna MacDonald

“…has angelic vocal tones so hair raising, it’s like walking down a cobbled street with a Scottish breeze sneaking up your neck ….” (Ark Magazine); Anna will premier her beautiful new song, based on the Mill Girls poetry – yes indeed – those same mill gals you’ll be meeting!

 

Pauline Vallance

Winner of the 2009 Glasgow Songwriting Festival, Pauline delivers her own unique and inventive brand of clarsach and vocals.  Eat your heart out, Cowell!!

Throughout the day, the Mill Girl Poets (Tracy Patrick, Gwen McKerrell, Mo Blake and Kathryn Daly) will bring you their perspective in verse of what was good, great or fair to middling about life in the mills for the thousands of women who worked there.   We’ll also have the eloquent Ray Evans, winner of the Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Poetry competition; G W Colkitto from Read Raw Ltd, Jim Gilbert, one half of musical duo A Wing and a Prayer, and Wullie Purcell, the oldest man in Paisley, reciting songs and poetry on his 200 year old guitar.

 

And if all that isn’t harmonious enough, we’ll have art from Karen James, and a special film interlude that will take you back in time to the Paisley that was.  Or you could just drop by for a chat and a look round the Museum and its many archives.

 

Oh yes, and if you’ve never heard Gerry Rafferty performed on a harp before, now’s your chance!

 

Join the Musical Mills symphony.

 

And last but not least, another good reason to celebrate Paisley:–

 

ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOMED WITH A FREE DRINK!

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Paisley Abbey An evening with Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday 29 November at 7.30 pm
in the Abbey

alexander-mccallTickets £10 (to include glass of wine/soft drink)
from Paisley Abbey Shop or by phone 0141 889 7654

An hour in the company of Alexander McCall Smith is an hour of sheer delight. The creator of the much-loved Precious Ramotswe and The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is one of the world’s favourite authors.  He is delighted to visit Paisley Abbey as part of the 850th anniversary celebrations. Join him as he talks about his life and work and introduces a new, stand alone novel  – Trains and Lovers: The Heart’s Journey.

www.paisleyabbey.org.uk

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The Positive Paisley campaign aims to provide people who care about the town and have connections through business, work or home, with a focus through which to improve its public image.

Too many bad stories have been promoted over the years that have detracted from all the wonderful history, culture and opportunities offered by the town and the friendliness of the ‘buddies’.

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Through a ongoing campaign of positive messaging using all the various media available to us – online and offline – we hope to gradually change perceptions and show a truer picture of this fine town and restore confidence and optimism to its communities, both business and resident.

Come and join us: all you’ve got to do is keep talking about the good things happening in the town – not the negatives!

You can download the Positive Paisley logo to add to your website, Facebook, Twitter accounts from this site and please use the#positivepaisley hashtag on your Tweets. There is also a Positive Paisley Linked In Group which you can join.

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Views of Paisley available to buy now in 2013 Calendar

Renfrewshire Arts & Museums are delighted to announce that the new calendar, ‘A Tale of Two Decades’, is now on sale.

This fascinating calendar showcases a selection of nostalgic photographs of Paisley, dating from 1960 to 1979. Featuring well-known locations such as the Town Hall, Paisley Abbey and The Watermill Hotel, this year’s calendar is sure to evoke memories for locals who lived in the town during or around that period.

Each of the photographs originate from the archive collection held at Paisley Museum. This collection comprises of over 20,000 historical images dating from the 1850’s up to the present day and features pictures relating to Paisley and other parts of Renfrewshire.

Earlier in the year, when preparations for the 2013 calendar first began, Renfrewshire Arts and Museums enlisted the help of their Facebook followers to help shortlist the huge selection of pictures we had to choose from. As a result, the image of the Christmas Lights over the River Cart from 1979 emerged as the clear favourite and the perfect choice for the front cover of the calendar.

The archive collections are available to view in either Paisley Museum or Paisley Central Library. Copies of images from the historical photographic collection are available on request. A range of postcards and prints are also available to buy from the Museum shop.

A Tale of Two Decades’ is available to buy from Paisley Museum and Paisley Arts Centre now, priced £7.99. www.renfrewshire.gov.uk