Why the UK City of Culture 2021 bid has and will benefit Paisley

Paisley’s regeneration journey will continue despite missing out on the title of UK City of Culture 2021.

Paisley was the only town to ever make it this far in the competition and everyone should be proud of their efforts and what has been achieved to get this far.

The bidding process has been a great thing for the town and has helped transform Paisley's reputation by telling Scotland the UK and the world why we matter.

Here, we take a look at a small selection of the reasons why Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 has and will benefit the town.

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 was just part of a wider plan to transform the area’s future. Work to revitalise Paisley's economy and town centre is already happening with major infrastructure investment confirmed over the next decade, some as a result of bid process.

2. More and more people are coming to Paisley 

During the bid period, more and more people visited the area with visits to Renfrewshire attractions rising by 25% in 2016. Event attendees also rose by 25% in 2016 and another 23% in 2017;

3. Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 has showcased the town's grassroots cultural scene

Through our £1m Culture, Heritage and Events Fund, the local creative scene is is benefitting from new national partnerships with top-class artists. This fund will continue to enrich the lives of people across Renfrewshire.

4. Paisley is now firmly established as a key destination on Scotland’s events map


Existing events such as Paisley Halloween Festival, The annual Sma' Shot Day and Weave Festival and The Spree arts festival will continue to grow. Paisley will host the British Pipe Band Championships until 2021 and The Royal National Mòd will also return - with more exciting announcements for new events to follow in the new year.

5. Buddies believe in Paisley again


The Paisley 2021 bid became a mass movement with more than 34,000 people involved in the conversation. It has transformed Paisley’s sense of self-confidence with Buddies now believing in Paisley again - and this journey will continue.