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Paisley 2021 For UK City of Culture

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town’s unique and fascinating story to transform its future – by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people’s lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally regarded museum collection, as well as a thriving contemporary cultural scene including the annual Spree Festival and PACE, the UK’s largest youth theatre group.

In the week of The SAY Award’s longlist announcement, Renfrewshire Council also launched the For Paisley 2021 campaign, designed to encourage the local community to show their support for the bid.

“Paisley has earned itself a reputation as a hub of creativity over the centuries, having produced so much great music, from the work of Robert Tannahill up to the present day. So it is fitting the town should be the home of The SAY Award for the next two years.

The longlist is being announced on the same day as we launch the For Paisley 2021 campaign to get the community to show their support for the bid, so this is a really exciting day all round and I am really looking forward to being part of it.”
Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, SAY Award judge 2016

“We are thrilled to be hosting one of the most important dates in the Scottish musical calendar here in Paisley. The town already has close links with the award, having hosted gigs by each of the four previous winners during the town’s annual Spree festival each October.

Paisley has a rich musical heritage, from Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini, to the thriving music scene in our venues today, and that will be a key feature in our bid for UK City of Culture 2021, to be lodged next year.  That bid is all about shining a spotlight on everything the town has to offer – and being able to attract an event as prestigious as The SAY Award shows we are firmly establishing ourselves as a key destination on Scotland’s musical map.”
Councillor Mark Macmillan, Renfrewshire Council leader, Chair Paisley 2021 Partnership Board

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