Renfrewshire Council

Cultural community get talking about Paisley 2021

Paisley has a thriving contemporary cultural scene and that's down to Renfrewshire's cultural community. On our doorstep we have the UK's largest youth theatre - PACE, fantastic community groups - Rockus Community Choir and the newly formed Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir, and lots more going on in the town's venues each and every week.

So I was pleased to sit down and talk with the people involved in the town's cultural events and activities and find out what they think about Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 - and I was delighted with the enthusiasm and creativity in the room.

We know that Paisley is in a great location with excellent transport links - we are minutes away from Glasgow by train, we have Glasgow Airport and the M8 on our doorstep - meaning we have capacity for more tourists and visitors and that's a big part of our plans.

Paisley is utterly unique. Our contribution to the world has been absolutely massive and people shouldn't be shy in shouting about it. We have a globally-recognised brand - the Paisley Pattern - and the second highest concentration of listed buildings anywhere in Scotland - from the Abbey, town hall and observatory to unique gems like the Grand Fountain.

And Paisley's bid will put the town in the international spotlight, helping to attract tourists and bring people into our town centres.

In piecing together the picture of Paisley it's been vital to find out what goes on in the town on an average weekend, so last weekend was also a great chance to take this snapshot, which alongside the views of the community, will help us develop a distinctive, innovative and inclusive cultural programme which stretches across all of Renfrewshire.

More community conversations on Paisley's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 are coming, keep your eye on Paisley 2021 website for details.