5 reasons why the UK City of Culture 2021 bid will benefit Paisley

Fantastic news - Paisley has made the shortlist for the UK City of Culture 2021.

Winning the title could help transform the area’s fortunes, from welcoming the world’s best artists to creating long-lasting benefits of jobs and investment.

We take a look at a small selection of the many reasons why the UK City of Culture bid will benefit Paisley.

1. Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is just part of a wider plan

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 is just part of a wider plan to transform the area’s future – but winning will be a major step on that journey. Hosting the title could create 4,700 jobs over ten years and provide a £172m economic boost to the local economy.

2. The bid is already putting Paisley on the map as a destination to visit


The town is home to Scotland’s second-largest concentration of listed buildings, fantastic creative talent and a rich textile heritage. Now the town has an even bigger stage from which to show why Paisley matters to Scotland, the UK and the world.

3. Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is helping showcase the talent within Paisley

Through our £1m Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, the local creative scene is is benefitting from new national partnerships. We know involvement in culture is good for health and well-being and our 2021 year will open up opportunities for everyone to enjoy those benefits.

4. Winning the title would see a year of major international events and huge numbers of visitors in 2021


This would showcase the best of Paisley’s home-grown talent on a greater stage alongside the world’s top creative and cultural names, as well as creating a lasting economic and social legacy.

5. The buzz around the UK City of Culture 2021 bid has seen Buddies start to believe in Paisley again and talk the town up


The Paisley 2021 bid is already a mass movement, with more than 30,000 people involved in the conversation. This will continue to grow and create a greater sense of positivity in the town.