Six months on: how Paisley 2021 bid has shaped up

It's been six months since we launched our cultural ambitions to be UK City of Culture 2021. There's been a lot happening in Paisley and Renfrewshire since the launch - here's just a few of the big headline moments.


Paisley launches its bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 – 13 November 2015

Hundreds of residents, businesses and community members gathered in the magnificent 12th century Paisley Abbey to help launch Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.


Paisley 2021 Stadium announced by St Mirren Football Club – 30 November 2015

St Mirren Football Club changed the name of St Mirren Park to the Paisley 2021 Stadium to support the town’s campaign in the lead-up to the winning bid being announced in 2017.


Paisley unveils world’s only copy of rare Burns manuscript – 20 January 2016

A rare piece of Burns poetry that had been in Paisley Museum’s collection for more than 200 years has been confirmed by experts as authenticate.


Paisley Pattern is star of cross-cultural fashion show – 22 January 2016

Students from Glasgow Kelvin College showcased their own Paisley Patterned designs and those of their counterparts in India as part of a cross-cultural project on our town’s global brand.


High Street units brought back into use as part of Paisley 2021 – 26 January 2016

Green light was given on refurbishing two vacant units in Paisley High Street – one as the base for Paisley 2021 bid and the other as a publicly-accessible museum store.


Paisley kicks off UK’s only start leg for the Monte Carlo Classic Rally – 27 January 2016

Thousands of people went car crazy in Paisley as vintage vehicles again took over the town centre for the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally.


Films showcase Paisley’s unique heritage and history – 8 February 2016

The Creative Media Academy hosted a special public event exploring examples of Paisley on Film in the national archives and homemade films.


Applications pour in as Culture, Heritage and Events Fund launched – 12 February 2016

The Renfrewshire Culture, Events and Heritage Fund opened for applications from individuals or groups who want to develop their own events or projects that will build up the area’s cultural offering ahead of the bid.


Cultural conversation with Renfrewshire’s creative communication – 20 February 2016

Renfrewshire’s cultural community got together and exchanged ideas on the area’s cultural scene at the first of many public engagement events.


2021 weekend put spotlight on Paisley’s culture and events – 20/21 February 2016

The weekend put a spotlight on Paisley’s culture and events scene, with people taking to take to Twitter and Instagram with photos and videos to help take a snapshot of what happens in the town on an average weekend.


Paisley explores the Harris Tweed connection – 7 March 2016

A Renfrewshire delegation went on a fact-finding mission to study how Paisley and its unique textile heritage could emulate the global success of Harris Tweed.


Indian dance styles light up Paisley’s cultural ambitions – 10 March 2016

Paisley’s cross-cultural connections took centre stage as the Abhinaya Dance Showcase took place in Paisley for the first time.


£1m funding boost for Paisley building transformation plans – 10 March 2016

Multi-million pound plans to transform Paisley town centre took a step forward when Historic Environment Scotland confirmed £1m funding for the project.


Paisley's community groups get behind Paisley 2021 – 14 March 2016

More than 100 community organisations came together to plan how local communities can benefit from Paisley’s bid.


Paisley to host the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2016 – 16 March 2016

The Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY) announced it will hold its prestigious 2016 award ceremony in Paisley thanks to the town’s reputation for musical talent.


First round of Culture, Heritage and Events Fund recipients announced – 24 March 2016

The first groups in the frame to benefit from a £500k culture fund were named – after applications totalling an incredible £1m worth of funding were lodged.


Former Glasgow marketing boss Scott Taylor joins 2021 team – 5 April 2016

Paisley 2021 was given a major boost when the man who helped lead the step change in Glasgow's image over the past 20 years joined the team.


Johnstone cyclists are kitted out for Paisley 2021 – 6 April 2016

The Johnstone Wheelers cycling club – and their youth section, the Johnstone Jets – will fly the flag for Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 across the whole country after the Paisley 2021 logo was emblazoned on their new kit.


Food fest puts Paisley on the map as global food heaven - 23 April 2016

The Paisley Food Festival got taste buds tingling as 12 thousand people descended in the town centre to experience the global menu of street foods from as far flung as Mexico, Indian and Africa.


Russell Institute all wrapped up for Paisley 2021 - 28 April 2016

One of Paisley’s most iconic buildings got wrapped up in a gigantic show of support for the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid – featuring #WhyILovePaisley tweets of support from members of the public.


Paisley’s community groups get involved in Paisley 2021 – 9 May 2016

Renfrewshire’s community groups got involved in Paisley’s bid and learned how local communities can show their support.


For Paisley 2021 campaign backed by people in town – 12 May 2016

Paisley’s cultural ambitions had a resounding public show of support at the launch of a new campaign - For Paisley 2021 – that gives everyone chance to share what they love about the town and fly the flag for the culture bid.


Scottish Album of the Year Award unveils longlist – 12 May 2016

The longlist for the most coveted music prize in Scotland was unveiled, kicking off a process that will culminate in a winning album picking up a £20,000 first prize – announced at Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 29 June.


Paisley people tell us what they love about the town – 13 May 2016

Following our For Paisley 2021 campaign launch, we captured some of your thoughts on what makes Paisley great and what you want the bid to achieve.