Paisley goes to Holyrood!
Holyrood was filled with creative flair last night as artists, poets, actors and musicians from Paisley joined representatives from the public, private and third sectors at the Scottish Parliament to show their support for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
George Adam MSP for Paisley and Neil Bibby, MSP West Scotland, sponsored a reception for Paisley 2021, which attracted attendance by Creative Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, VisitScotland, Skills Development Scotland, YoungScot and the British Council, to name but a few.
The event marked a critical point in Paisley’s journey towards submitting its bid for the title, run by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), next spring, and celebrates phenomenal support for the endeavour garnered over the past year.
Jean Cameron, Project Director for Paisley 2021, said, “A vivid pattern is emerging – a bit like the famous Pattern itself – with passionate people all pulling together to create an incredible showcase that draws inspiration locally, but also thinks globally looking to partners across Scotland to help us throw the country’s doors open to colourful, dynamic, marvellous, friendly exploration!”
In the past year:
- 8,000 people have been part of “the conversation”, participating in consultations across the eight different themes around which Paisley will construct its bid, including visual art, music, literature and fashion.
- 74 local businesses have backed the bid, 16 of which have taken on the role of principal partner using their influence to amplify the bid team’s appeal that Paisley’s cultural assets can be used to transform the lives of local people, and the experience of visitors to Scotland’s largest town.
- The bid has achieved cross-party support, with Scottish Labour Leader, Kezia Dugdale, recently recording a message of support, and MPs for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and Paisley and Renfrewshire North, respectively, Mhairi Black and Gavin Newlands, hosting a reception at Westminster in September.
- Paisley 2021 marketing and communications have generated 70 million opportunities to see or hear something positive about Paisley and the town’s bid for the City of Culture accolade.
Meanwhile, Paisley’s events calendar is steadily growing in strength and popularity. On Saturday, December 3, it secured the Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 to add to the British Pipe Band Championships and Scottish Album of the Year Awards, which will both be returning in 2017. The town is also bidding to host The Royal National Mòd again in 2021.