What's on

Time

Event

Venue

10am - 6pm 

'Mass Movement' - a visual art exhibition

Paisley Arts Centre

10am - 6pm 

The Routes We Thread Exhibition

Paisley Arts Centre

12noon – 1pm

The Parade

Brodie Park to Abbey Close

12noon – 10pm

Live zone

Paisley Arts Centre and Shuttle Street

12noon – 4pm

Museum magic, balloon art and face painting, sponsored by Paisley First

 

Outside Paisley Museum and Art Galleries

12noon - 4pm

Weaving demonstrations with visual art curator and weaver Dan Coughlan

Sma’ Shot Cottages

12noon – 4pm

Weaving workshops for kids / Spinning demonstration

Sma’ Shot Cottages

12noon and 1pm

Guided Walking Tours

Starting from Paisley Abbey

12.30pm - 3.30pm

Weaving demonstrations with textiles artist and weaver Mariam Syed

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Loom Gallery

1pm – 5pm

Dooslan Stane Stage

Abbey Close

1pm - 5pm

Village Storytelling Centre's 'Storytelling Yurt

Abbey Close

 

1pm – 5pm

 

PaisleyMake presents 'Makers' Market'

Paisley Abbey

Saturday

1pm – 5pm

Music Stage/Main Stage

Charity Stalls

Face painting

Street performances

Abbey Close

1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Paisley Peacocks with Karen Hanvidge Ceramics Workshop

Paisley Town Hall

1pm - 3pm and 3pm – 5pm

Peace Crane' origami workshops with Misty Concepts

Paisley Town Hall

1.45pm – 2.05pm and 4.00pm – 4.20pm

PACE Re-enactment

Abbey Close, Main Stage

1.20pm – 1.40pm

Burning of the Cork

Abbey Close

2pm and 3.30pm

Fèis Phàislig Music Workshops

Abbey Close

2.15pm – 3.05pm

Outdoor Family Ceilidh with Scottish Trad Folk Group 'Hò-rò'

Abbey Close, Main Stage

 

2.15pm and 3.30pm

People of Paisley Art Workshop

Paisley Town Hall

1pm – 3pm

Tea Dance

Paisley Town Hall

5pm – 5.30pm

Sma Shot 'Drum Off' Finale

Abbey Close, Main Stage

7pm – 10pm

Sma' Shot Poetry Slam

Paisley Town Hall, Alexander Suite

7pm – 10pm

Scottish Alternative Music Awards

Paisley Arts Centre

7pm – 10pm

Cloth by PACE

The Wynd Auditorium, School Wynd

The Parade
Brodie Park to Abbey Close
12noon – 1pm

This year's parade is bigger and better than ever. Co-ordinated by renowned creators of outdoor theatre and spectacle 'Walk the Plank' ('The Return of Comcille', Winner Best Outdoor Event Award, Event Awards 2014) in collaboration with a diverse range of community groups and artists. This year's parade explores the theme of 'the threads that bind us' empowering participants and audiences alike to celebrate what brings us together and offers us a sense of belonging. Through the parade you can learn the authentic Sma' Shot story, one of workers rising up to defeat the 'corks' (the middle men between the owners and the weavers), weaver poets, songwriters and community leaders, and discover some of Paisley's lesser heard voices of today.

Live zone
Paisley Arts Centre and Shuttle Street
Saturday 12noon – 10pm

A brand new live zone featuring music and spoken word at Paisley Arts Centre and Shuttle Street. The programme is brought to you by local promoters and groups; Paisley Music Guild, Renfrewshire Trad, Create Renfrewshire, LNP and Brick Lane.

As well as the live music performances that will be happening on the main stage at Abbey Close on Saturday afternoon, there will be live music shows popping up all over the place.

Saturday night from 7pm to 10pm, Paisley Arts Centre will be taken over by The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs). SAMAs, in collaboration with LNP Promotions, and Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day are delighted to be returning to Paisley, hosting an evening of live music. 

You can expect a diverse mix of some of the country’s most exciting talent.
The line-up will be announced early June. Tickets are available to book from eventbrite and cost £10 per person plus booking fee and include a complimentary drink on arrival from Pistonhead Lager.

For more information on what is taking place throughout the live zones click here. 

Museum magic, balloon art and face painting, sponsored by Paisley First
Outside Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
Saturday 1 July, 12 - 4pm

Come along and watch a unique and interactive magic show guaranteed to amuse and fascinate children of all ages. Plus let your imagination run wild and be transformed into anything you like with free special FX make-up and face painting.

Weaving demonstrations with visual art curator and weaver Dan Coughlan
Sma’ Shot Cottages
12noon - 4pm

Dan Coughlan, trained and worked as traditional handloom weaver in Ireland before going on to study textile design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He completed his studies with a post-graduate diploma in textile design at the Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels (now Heriot-Watt Border Campus).

In his current post as curator of textiles at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, he looks after the world-famous collection of Paisley shawls, pattern books and sample books, which is a Recognised Collection of National Significance. He has extended this collection to include a number of historic handlooms and other equipment related to the traditional hand weaving industry. He has researched 19th century hand weaving technology and design, and was awarded a PhD by the University of the West of Scotland for his doctoral thesis on the draw loom, used for the weaving of Paisley shawls.

Simply drop in to Sma’ Shot Cottages between 12noon and 4pm to see weaving demonstrations with Dan Coughlan, you don’t need to book tickets.

Weaving workshops for kids / Spinning demonstration
Sma’ Shot Cottages
Saturday 12 – 4pm

The Sma’ Shot Cottages will provide an opportunity to see how the weavers worked and lived. There will be guides on hand in each room to explain what life was like back then. Come along and learn about the history, watch a spinning or a weaving demonstration then have a cup of tea and a scone in the tea room before having a wander round the gift shop. There will also be small handlooms available for kids to try their hand at weaving.

It’s easy to get involved in the weaving workshops simply drop in to the Sma’ Shot Cottages, you don’t need to book tickets.

Guided Walking Tours
Starting from Paisley Abbey
12noon and 1pm

Come along and follow our walking trails of the Paisley historic buildings and discover the hidden gems of the old town.

The meeting point is the main entrance to Paisley Abbey 10 minutes before the start of the tours.

Each walking tour is limited to 12 places per tour and lasts 60 minutes, places are free and are available to book from Eventbrite, book early to avoid disappointment.

Weaving demonstrations with textiles artist and weaver Mariam Syed 
Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Loom Gallery
12.30pm - 3.30pm

Come and observe award winning textile designer and weaver Mariam Syed as she weaves beautiful patterns on a loom in Paisley Museum's famous loom and shawl gallery. Mariam Syed is a Woven Textile Designer specialising in vibrant contemporary fabrics and rugs for interiors. Her design practice encapsulates everything she is passionate about; vibrant colour, architecture and geometry. Geometry is central to her weaving and she enjoys weaving withreclaimed and sustainable yarns to create ethically responsible fabrics.

Simply drop in to Paisley Museum and Art Galleries between 12.30pm and 3.30pm to see weaving demonstrations with Mariam Syed, you don’t need to book tickets.

Dooslan Stane Stage
Abbey Close
1pm – 5pm

The Dooslan Stane stage, will host the union speeches, re-enactments and poetry / spoken word or 'speakers corner' type activities. The stage is inspired by the Dooslan Stane at Brodie Park, where historically weavers would congregate to speak out on things that mattered to them.

Village Storytelling Centre's 'Storytelling Yurt'
Abbey Close
1-5pm

With stories suitable for all ages, pop into our 'storytelling yurt' at Abbey Close and discover more about the Sma' Shot story and Paisley's weaving heritage from professional storytellers, including stories in Gaelic!

PaisleyMake presents 'Makers' Market'
Paisley Abbey
1pm – 5pm

PaisleyMake returns to its birthplace for Sma’ Shot day and Weave Festival, offering a contemporary Makers' Market, showcasing a variety of exceptional and innovative Scottish designers and makers. Featuring clothing, jewellery and interior design, you will be sure to discover something unique for summer.

PaisleyMake first launched back in 2016 at Paisley Abbey, with a festival of design centred around the Paisley pattern and discovering Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. PaisleyMake has since ventured to London Craft Week, sharing the inspiring untold story of Paisley and breathing new life into a community famed around the world for innovation in weaving, crafting and exporting luxury goods.

Abbey Close
1pm - 5pm

Throughout the day there will be live music on the main stage provided by Paisley’s finest local talent. There will be a wide variety of charity, food and drink stalls and Abbey Close will be fully licensed, plus keep an eye out for a variety of different street performances and free face painting.

Featured on the main stage on Saturday will be SWAY from 3.10pm to 3.30pm and Drowned Out from 3.25pm to 3.55pm. 

SWAY

Influenced by acts like Dinosaur Jr, Television and Slowdive, SWAY are an exciting young band coming out of Renfrewshire. Formed in late 2015 after a divide from a previous band, SWAY are able to encapsulate their experiences and emotions with thought provoking and almost an abstract story telling style of lyricism, earning support slots with well established bands like Catholic Action, The View and Jaws. The band have cut their teeth in various venues and nights across Scotland such as Club Sabbath, Control Social Club and Hiip Priest All Dayer to name a few.

Drowned Out

Drowned Out are an Alternative Rock band from Paisley. Taking influence from bands such as You Me At Six, Biffy Clyro and Lonely The Brave, Drowned Out aim to create big rock tunes with lots of energy. Heavy guitars, storming drums and anthem-like melodies come together for a massive sound

 

Paisley Peacocks with Karen Hanvidge Ceramics Workshop
Paisley Town Hall
1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Karen Hanvidge is a ceramic artist based in Renfrewshire. As well as making and selling her ceramics in Paisley's InCube Shop Karen designed and made the 10 artist's prizes for the 2016 SAY Awards (Scottish Album of the Year) and also holds ceramic classes at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries funded by Paisley 2021 Culture, Events and Heritage Fund.

Karen will be holding ceramic tile designing workshops where you can design your own 'Paisley Peacock' on a tile which you will be able to take home to hang after the town hall joint exhibition on late Sunday afternoon.

There will be an exhibition of all work created during the weekend, along with a

performance by those taking part in the Fèis Phàislig drumming and singing workshops and PACE theatre workshop taking place on Sunday 2 July at 4pm in Paisley Town Hall.

The workshops are open to all ages and are limited to 12 people per session. Places are free and available to book from Eventbrite, book early to avoid disappointment.


Peace Crane' origami workshops with Misty Concepts
Paisley Town Hall
1pm - 3pm and 3pm – 5pm

The origami crane is renowned as one of the most powerful international symbols for peace. To celebrate the peace created by the weavers and the mill owners during Sma’ Shot Day in 1856, Misty Concepts is hosting workshops taking you into the fascinating world of the art of paper folding through the creation of origami peace crane keepsakes.

There will be an exhibition of all work created during the weekend, along with a performance by those taking part in the Fèis Phàislig drumming and singing workshops and PACE theatre workshop taking place on Sunday 2 July at 4pm in Paisley Town Hall.

The workshop is suitable for adults however children aged 6 years and over are welcome with an accompanying adult. Sessions last one hour and there are 10 places available during each session, places are free and available to book from Eventbrite, book early to avoid disappointment.

PACE Re-enactment
Abbey Close, Main Stage
1.30pm – 1.50pm and 3.50pm – 4.10pm

Young actors from the renowned PACE Youth Theatre present a dramatic re-enactment of the events surrounding the struggles of the Paisley weavers for payment of the Sma’Shot, that fine white thread that bound all the other threads together in the weave. A victory for which we still remember and celebrate, for that invisible thread still binds together Buddies today and brings them to the heart of the town every first Saturday in July.

Burning of the Cork
Abbey Close
1.20pm – 1.40pm

A highlight of the Sma’ Shot celebration that sees the 'corks' (the middle men between the owners and the weavers) meet their fate at the hands of the working weavers in spectacular fashion. This year's 'burning of the cork' has a brand new design that's not to be missed - have your camera at the ready!

Fèis Phàislig Music Workshops
Abbey Close
2pm and 3.30pm

Join Fèis Phàislig (Gaelic for Paisley festival) for exciting come-and-try music workshops with some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians. Participants can take part in either singing or drumming workshops and will have the opportunity to participate in a showcase concert at the end of the day.

There will be an exhibition of all work created at the craft workshops taking place at during the weekend, along with a performance by those taking part in the Fèis Phàislig drumming and singing workshops and PACE theatre workshop. This will take place on Sunday 2 July at 4pm on Sunday in Paisley Town Hall.

The workshops are suitable for ages 8-18 years and each session holds 15 people. Places are free and available to book from Eventbrite, book early to avoid disappointment.

Drumming workshop 
Singing workshop

Outdoor Family Ceilidh with Scottish Trad Folk Group 'Hò-rò'
Abbey Close, Main Stage
2.15pm – 3.05pm

An energetic Ceilidh for all the family, with award winning traditional folk band, Hò-rò. Winners of the 'Danny Kyle award' at Celtic Connections and the 'One Step Further' at the Hebridean Celtic Festival in 2014, Hò-rò hail from the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Their unique energetic tune arrangements and vibrant stage presence will have everyone up dancing!

People of Paisley Art Workshop
Paisley Town Hall
2.15pm and 3.30pm

A free

An inclusive event where you can work with a practising artist to create a unique artwork of Paisley’s historic buildings.

The workshops are limited to 10 places per session and are available for both adults and children aged 6 years and over. Places are free and available to book from Eventbrite, book early to avoid disappointment.

Tea Dance
Paisley Town Hall
1pm – 3pm

Enjoy an afternoon of dancing, music and chatting with friends at Paisley Town Hall. John Findlay will keep you entertained all afternoon playing a series of timeless tunes on the keyboard.

Tickets are free and available to book from the Paisley Arts Centre box office. Call 0300 300 1210 or pop in. The box office is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm and from 5pm until a show starts on performance nights. 

Sma Shot 'Drum Off' Finale
Abbey Close, Main Stage
5pm – 5.30pm

A high energy finale to the Sma’ Shot events in Abbey Close - gather with the Charleston Drum for a 'drum off' with local drumming groups.

Sma' Shot Poetry Slam
Paisley Town Hall, Alexander Suite
7pm – 10pm, Free entry

2017 sees the third annual Sma' Shot Poetry Slam, compered by Shaun Moore.

An entertaining event that sees poets from Paisley and beyond compete for the £50 prize money and entry to the Scottish Slam Finals in Edinburgh, March 2018, in addition to being crowned as this year's Sma' Shot Bigshot.

Poets have two visits to the microphone to dazzle the expert judges and the three top scorers will go head to head in a finale before the winner is selected.

The event will be opened by great local musicians and Cat Caldwell will be keeping the audience entertained in between poetry rounds.

There will also be two poems written especially for this event by Kirstin Innes and Alan Bissett.

Kirstin Innes is a writer, journalist and the author of Fishnet, which won The Guardian Not The Booker Prize in 2015. She was a founder of the long-running Glasgow spoken word night Words Per Minute. She lives in Renfrewshire and is currently working on her second novel, Scabby Queen.

Alan Bissett is an award-winning novelist, playwright and performer who grew up in Falkirk and now lives in Renfrewshire. His new 'one woman show' (MORE) MOIRA MONOLOGUES will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Cloth by PACE
The Wynd Auditorium, School Wynd
7pm – 10pm

A teardrop of joy weaves its way through the colourful heritage of Paisley. Patterned streets brimmed full of memories threading their way in a youthful journey of discovery, recreating a spirit of adventure that brought more than prestige to our town's towering mills and radical cobbled alleys. It brought life, woven into the hearts of those who danced then to a different beat. Drumming up a passion that lasts to this day, in a sma shot thread uniting us as one.

Dance and theatre, meets performance art, in an exciting showcase of the history of our town's CLOTH presented by members of PACE Theatre Company’s talented and vibrant Spires Theatre.

This show will be a promenade experience

Tickets cost £8 and £5 for concession and are available from PACE Box Office, The Spires , School Wynd or by calling 0345 130 5218.

'Mass Movement' - a visual art exhibition by Paria Goodarzi
Paisley Arts Centre
20 June - 4 July
10am - 6pm 

Iranian textiles artist Paria GoodarzI ('Iranian Ancient', The Arches and Paisley Museum) premieres her latest work especially for Weave and Refugee Festival Scotland. Influenced by her own personal journey and experiences of re-building her life in Scotland, Paria tells the story of other refugees living in Scotland through large textile installation, print and contemporary stitching. The works convey feelings of sadness and nostalgia of personal loss, with recording memories of the beauty of welcome and kindness.

Simply drop in to Paisley Arts Centre to take part in 'Mass Movement' - a visual art exhibition by Paria Goodarzi, you don’t need to book tickets.

The Routes We Thread Exhibition - A visual art exhibition by Paria Goodarzi and Arpita Shah
Paisley Arts Centre
20 June – 4 July
10am - 6pm 

Iranian textiles artist Paria Goodarzi ('Iranian Ancient', The Arches and Paisley Museum) and Indian photographer Arpita Shah (Portrait of Home, Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme) collaborate with women from a range of cultural backgrounds living in Scotland to create ‘The Routes we Thread’.

'The Routes We Thread' is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary arts project tracing heritage and new cultures in Scotland and our historical and contemporary connections with India and Iran, and around the world. The project uses our complex history with these countries to celebrate new cultures in Scotland, creating work around the themes identity, symbolising the cultural and personal threads we carry around with us.

Commissioned by Many Studios, Glasgow.

Simply drop in to Paisley Arts Centre to take view The Routes We Thread Exhibition by Paria Goodarzi and Arpita Shah, you don’t need to book tickets.

Scottish Alternative Music Awards
Paisley Arts Centre
Saturday 1 July, 7pm - 10pm

Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) in collaboration with L’n’P Promotions and Sma’ Shot Weave Festival are delighted to be returning to Paisley, hosting an evening of live music featuring; Rachel Sermanni (full band), The Great Albatross and Mark McGowan.

Tickets £10 includes complimentary drink on arrival. Ticket details will be released shortly.