Pais­ley in line for £170,000 arts wind­fall

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A £170,000 wind­fall to push Pais­ley’s City of Cul­ture bid will see fund­ing for a mu­si­cal about the town’s his­toric Bun­ga­low Bar, an opera in­spired by the town’s witch tri­als and a fes­ti­val in Fer­gus­lie Park.

Coun­cil chiefs cre­ated a Cul­ture, Her­itage and Events Fund (CHEF) to get more peo­ple in­volved in events in the run-up to the 2021 bid be­ing lodged.

The ini­tial £500,000 in­vest­ment was dou­bled to £1m ear­lier this year – with 65 projects hav­ing al­ready been funded through the £462,000 com­mit­ted to date.

And mem­bers of the coun­cil’s lead­er­ship board will next week be asked to ap­prove the list of 15 projects rec­om­mended to be funded in the lat­est round. High­lights in­clude:  £ 10,000 to lo­cal mu­sic char­ity Loud n Proud for a mu­si­cal al­low­ing var­i­ous lo­cal youth groups telling the in­cred­i­ble story of the orig­i­nal Bun­ga­low Bar;

 £10,000 to Pais­ley Opera to cre­ate a spe­cial per­for­mance in Pais­ley Abbey in­spired by the town’s fa­mous witch

tri­als – the last mass hang­ing for witch­craft in Western Europe;

£ 20,000 to the New Tan­nahill Cen­tre for a multi-art­form fes­ti­val in Fer­gus­lie Park fea­tur­ing lo­cal groups such as Pais­ley YMCA, the Sun­shine Re­cov­ery Cafe and Quar­ri­ers; and

£ 22,333 to part­fund a ground­break­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with re­spected play­wright Ni­cola McCart­ney to showcase the cre­ativ­ity of Ren­frew­shire young peo­ple who grew up in care.

The rec­om­men­da­tions were made by a spe­cially-con­vened panel from the Pais­ley 2021 bid team.

Pais­ley was con­firmed ear­lier this year as the only Scot­tish place on the short­list for the UK City of Cul­ture com­pe­ti­tion – with the win­ner due to be an­nounced by the UK Gov­ern­ment’s Department for Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport at the end of the year.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­col­son said: “Pais­ley’s bid to be UK City of Cul­ture 2021 is part of a wider push to har­ness the power of cre­ativ­ity and of our unique her­itage story to trans­form the fu­ture of the whole area, and the fund is one of the key build­ing blocks within that.

“Once again, the ap­pli­ca­tions show the strength and di­ver­sity of the lo­cal cre­ative scene, and it was a tough job for the panel to whittle that down to the 15 projects they have asked coun­cil­lors to ap­prove.

“One of the rea­sons the coun­cil cre­ated the fund is we know in­volve­ment in cul­tural ac­tiv­ity is good for peo­ple’s lives, and we want to make it eas­ier for more peo­ple to en­joy those ben­e­fits.

“So it is good to see sug­gested projects based around some of our hardto-reach and marginalised groups, as well as oth­ers of­fer­ing free ac­cess to mu­sic, dance and film pro­duc­tion to young peo­ple.

“At the same time, the fund is strength­en­ing the case for Pais­ley be­come the next UK City of Cul­ture – by bring­ing ex­per­tise from across Scot­land here to work with and de­velop our home­grown tal­ent, and prov­ing we have what it takes to stage top-class pro­gram­ming.”

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