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
New destination brand and official guide to visiting Paisley and Renfrewshire goes live.
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.
Events, festivals and arts development
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.
Investment in creative businesses
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Investing in cultural infrastructure
Transforming Paisley town centre
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
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
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
Major investment in enhanced sports facilities and infrastructure to stage major outdoor events and festivals.
Paisley Town Hall
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
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.