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What Paisley did next...

Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 helped transform perceptions of the town.

Now, we are harnessing the power of our internationally-significant heritage and cultural story to transform its future.

Here are some of the key milestones on the way- keep your eye on these developments and more as our journey continues!

Investing in cultural capacity and activity

Paisley.is launched
New destination brand and official guide to visiting Paisley and Renfrewshire goes live.
March 2018

Arts and health partnership  
A new partnership established to drive cultural participation that supports positive health and wellbeing and tackles mental health issues including arts in hospitals and culture on prescription. 
Active now

Events, festivals and arts development
£5m investment
Investment by Renfrewshire Council  for new cultural projects and events, large-scale festivals, partnerships with national organisations, support for emerging talent plus funding to strengthen and grow Renfrewshire’s cultural sector.


2018-2021

Investment in creative businesses  
£400,000 investment
A new council fund to help businesses in the local cultural and creative sectors—recognised by industry experts as among the fastest-growing in the UK.
2018 – 2021

Continued investment in cultural capacity      
£500,000 investment
More investment for the Culture, Heritage and Events Fund for local artists, cultural groups and community groups, with new long-term funding for cultural organisations
2018 – 2021

Great Places scheme
£250,000 investment
Investment from the Heritage Lottery-funded scheme to develop
the area as a cultural heritage destination secured.
2018 - 2020

Investing in cultural events

British Pipe Band Championships
Paisley announced as the home of one of the biggest events in world bagpiping until 2021.
Every May until 2021

Pagliacci by Scottish Opera staged in Paisley
Paisley's new profile in Scotland's arts and cultural scene confirmed as the country's leading opera company brings world-class artists and musicians to 'Paisley Opera House' for a massive outdoor production.
July 2018

Scottish Album of the Year Awards
The most prestigious night in Scotland's music calendar is coming back to Paisley for a third consecutive year.
September 2018

Royal National Mòd
The world’s largest celebration of Gaelic culture and language comes to Paisley for a second time after a hugely-successful first stint as hosts in 2013.
October 2022

Investing in cultural infrastructure

Transforming Paisley town centre 
£10m investment
Major investment to create new event space and wayfinding, new lighting and traffic systems and great places for locals, visitors and the town’s 20,000 students to dwell. 
Complete by 2021

Paisley Arts Centre   
£2.5m investment
Internal modernisation and new performance facilities to transform Paisley’s 30 year old arts hub within historic church building.
Complete by 2020

New Paisley Cultural and Learning Hub
£7m investment

Transforming Paisley's high street into a place of creativity and culture will continue with plans to create a new state-of-the-art library and cultural centre.
Complete by 2020

St James Playing Fields          
£7.7m investment
Major investment in enhanced sports facilities and infrastructure to stage major outdoor events and festivals.
Complete 2021

Paisley Town Hall

Paisley Town Hall    
£22m investment
Major internal redesign of a treasured civic landmark to create a modern 21st-century multi-purpose venue in the town’s Abbey quarter.
Complete by 2022

Paisley Museum        
£42m investment
The flagship project in Paisley’s cultural regeneration will deliver a world-class visitor destination showcasing internationally significant collections and telling the story of Paisley Pattern and the town’s unique textile heritage.
Opening 2022