The Case for Paisley as City of Culture Championed at Parliament

George sma shot portraitIn a debate about a City of Culture bid the case for Paisley was championed by the town’s MSP.  Parliamentary time was used to discuss the bid for another Scottish town but the case for Paisley was strongly put by George Adam.  Paisley is currently going through the process of applying for City of Culture status which has been bestowed on Derry-Londonderry in 2013 and Hull for 2017.


Speaking in the debate, George said:


‘Redevelopment and regeneration are, for me, the most important part of any bid, because they have to do with what actually comes out of a bid—its legacy is the most important aspect.


‘A successful bid would create the capital investment to ensure that Paisley has the capacity to have such an event, Paisley has many venues, including Paisley town hall, the abbey—which is also now being used as an arts venue—and the arts centre. They demonstrate Paisley’s history and legacy and the importance of Paisley to Scotland in general.


‘Any bid needs to ensure that it has public backing—it has to be owned by the people in the town.


‘Our local newspaper, the Paisley Daily Express, has urged all buddies to back the bid by running a social media campaign using #WhyILovePaisley. We all know that I tend to come here just to say that, but I have been taking to social media to do it as well. What is not to love about Paisley, its history and the bid?


‘What is not to love about the people and their passion for life or about what we have given the world, historically and culturally, from David Tennant to Gerard Butler, from Gerry Rafferty to John Byrne, from the weaver poet Robert Tannahill to the Rev John Witherspoon, who signed the American declaration of independence, and of course the world-famous Paisley pattern?


‘All those things will be part of the bid that Paisley is pushing forward’.


The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop stated:


‘I am mindful that, as George Adam pointed out, other Scottish cities and areas have indicated… a desire to bid to become UK city of culture 2021.


‘I recently met Renfrewshire Council to hear of its ambitions for Paisley. There is a strong case for Scotland in the competition and our cities are in a strong place culturally. May the competition be constructive, and advertise our country’s cultural successes and potential collectively’.

Cabinet Secretary Welcomes Paisley 2021 Bid

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs has today welcomes Paisley’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021. Having met with representatives of Renfrewshire Council on 27th October to discuss the bid, Ms Hyslop believes that there is a strong case for a Scottish bid winning and Paisley with it rich tradition and heritage in music and textiles to name but a few areas, it would be a great host of the UK City of Culture in 2021. She went onto to say that we must learn from the bid Dundee submitted to host the 2017 UK City of Culture, ultimately losing out to Hull. These comment speaks to the partnership and sharing of experiences Paisley’s MSP George Adam is keen to see during Paisley’s bid.# why i love paisley

Speaking on the Cabinet Secretary’s comments, George said, “I was pleased to hear the Cabinet Secretary welcome Paisley’s bid and I’m sure she will be keen to work with our town, giving us the best opportunity to win this coveted prize. I attend both the launch of the Paisley 2021 bid in the Abbey 2 weeks ago and also attended a meeting held by Paisley First giving local business people the chance to be introduced to the Paisley 2021 bid. At the meeting, Project Director Jean Cameron spoke of her vision for Paisley 2021 and how we can all work together to achieve a winning bid and I hope to meet her again to discuss this further in the coming weeks.

“Paisley has too much to offer in terms of culture. We have a wealth of world renowned musicians from our great town including Gerry Rafferty and Paolo Nutini. We have great actors hailing from our town including David Tennant and Carmen Pieraccini. From a creative stand point, we have Steven Moffat who currently writes both Sherlock and Dr Who television shows. And in art, we have John Byrne and Her Majesty’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, Sandy Stoddard to name but a few.

“This is just some of the talent to hail from our town to achieve international acclaim. However, in Paisley any day of the week you will see culture all around our town, from the UK’s largest youth theatre group PACE, to the reading groups, open-mic nights and historical societies that meet in our pubs and café’s. We really do have so much to offer and this bid will simply add to what already is on offer in our historic town.”