Support pours in as Paisley becomes only Scottish place on UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist

Paisley has made the UK City of Culture 2021 shortlist and is the only Scottish place now in the running!

Backing for Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 has poured in from across the political spectrum with the town now the only Scottish place in the running to be the UK’s next City of Culture.

The UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last night announced the five places on the shortlist for the prestigious culture title – with Paisley joined by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea.

The five cities were chosen after the initial 11 bidders were whittled down – and will now submit detailed second-stage bids before the winner is announced at the end of the year.

Paisley is bidding for the title as part of a wider push to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story as the home of the globally-recognised Paisley Pattern to transform its future.

It is estimated Paisley’s 2021 year could bring a £172m economic boost and create the equivalent of 4,700 jobs over a ten-year period.

Current UK City of Culture hosts Hull have seen £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013, with the city attracting 1.4m visitors in just the first three months of its year in the spotlight.

There has never been a Scottish winner – although Dundee made the shortlist four years ago – and senior government figures from across the country are talking up what Paisley has to offer.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said: “Paisley makes a significant contribution to Scotland’s rich cultural life, with both historic built heritage and modern design.

“The local and national boost that being UK City of Culture 2021 would bring is an exciting prospect and I am pleased Paisley’s cultural journey and interests continue in this competition.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “I am delighted Paisley has been shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2021. This is a superb opportunity to stimulate Paisley’s vibrant culture, generate new jobs and boost the local economy.

“While I must remain rigorously impartial, I can’t help but think the town that has given the world the Paisley Pattern, Paolo Nutini and David Tennant deserves something in return. I wish all those involved the very best of luck.”

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: “Culture can transform the lives of many, including those in poverty, and supports people to develop new skills and build confidence in order to compete for the jobs of the future.

“I’ve long been a supporter of Paisley’s bid and I hope it makes it all the way and becomes the UK City of Culture 2021.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to use the town’s internationally-significant story to make it a key visitor destination within Scotland, and tourism chiefs were quick to talk the town up.

VisitScotland Chief Executive, Malcolm Roughead, said: “This is fantastic news for both the town and for Scotland. This is a highly-competitive process and to have made it this far is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team to showcase the town’s wonderful cultural offering.

“Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and Paisley already has a number of events already taking place, including The Spree and Weave Festival, that celebrate the town’s wonderful culture and heritage.

“It is this unique culture and heritage that will provide the ideal platform for them to build a wider programme of events and activities to engage with all its communities and the UK while ultimately transform its future.

“This is a highly coveted title and competition will be fierce, however, Paisley has much to offer and I know they will make the most of this opportunity. They have our full support and I wish them the best of luck ahead of the final decision.”
The news was also greeted with delight locally, with Paisley's MSP George Adam issuing a call for the whole country to get behind the town, adding: "This is fantastic news for our town and is down to the great work of bid director Jean Cameron and her team.

“The people of Paisley have embraced this bid and have played an enormous part so far. Paisley's bid has now become Scotland's bid and Team Paisley has now become Team Scotland.

“Over the next few months Paisley will be putting everything into bringing the title back to our great town.”

For more information on Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture, see paisley2021.co.uk

Last Updated: 15 July 2017 13:10
Source: Paisley 2021

Latest Local News

Enjoy 2 for 1 tickets to Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow

Enjoy 2 for 1 tickets to Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow

We've got a fantastic 2 for 1 ticket offer for the Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow, a pioneering live experience celebrating the best the country has to offer in the world of food & drink!
Last Updated: 17th April 2018
Festival of Museums launches 2018 line up

Festival of Museums launches 2018 line up

Museums Galleries Scotland has unveiled the most fun Festival of Museums ever with more than 100 incredible events across Scotland from 18 – 20 May 2018!
Last Updated: 16th April 2018
Families wanted for Channel 4 Supershoppers

Families wanted for Channel 4 Supershoppers

Glasgow based Firecrest Films are looking for families to take part in several different items in the new series of Supershoppers!
Last Updated: 15th April 2018
Bumps and Babies Welcome!

Bumps and Babies Welcome!

Over 150 top brands and unique products will feature at Scotland’s biggest Baby & Toddler Show, to be held at the Scottish Event Campus on 27-29 April!
Last Updated: 14th April 2018
Celebrate John Muir Day, the John Muir way!

Celebrate John Muir Day, the John Muir way!

World renowned Scottish-born conservationist, John Muir is to be celebrated with a series of events, encouraging Scots to get out and about and follow his example!
Last Updated: 13th April 2018
Does your family have what it takes to beat The Chaser

Does your family have what it takes to beat The Chaser

Is your sister smarter than the Sinnerman? Can Granny get the better of the Governess? If the answer is yes, why not sign up for The Family Chase!
Last Updated: 4th April 2018
Could Kirstie and Phil help you bag your new home

Could Kirstie and Phil help you bag your new home

Channel 4's 'Location, Location, Location' is coming to Glasgow this Spring and they're looking for property hunters!
Last Updated: 1st April 2018
Kelvingrove Museum kick starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

Kelvingrove Museum kick starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

Glasgow Museums celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh with Making the Glasgow Style - a major, new exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum!
Last Updated: 29th March 2018
Rebels sought for 10th anniversary of writing campaign

Rebels sought for 10th anniversary of writing campaign

Irvine Welsh is backing the Scottish Book Trust's rebellious campaign to get the nation writing!
Last Updated: 28th March 2018
Swing into Spring at Go Ape in Scotland

Swing into Spring at Go Ape in Scotland

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to live life adventurously this Easter holiday at the outdoor forest adventure experience.
Last Updated: 25th March 2018
Gardens By The Bay in Singapore top green travel wish list

Gardens By The Bay in Singapore top green travel wish list

CSGN is encouraging young people across the Central Belt to apply for its inaugural Travel Grant, for a chance to win a trip to a global destination of their choice.
Last Updated: 25th March 2018
The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark

The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark

New Lanark is delighted to announce the return of the Great Tapestry of Scotland with a brand new exhibition open this spring & summer!
Last Updated: 23rd March 2018
STV would like to hear from people who have been scammed

STV would like to hear from people who have been scammed

STV is making another series of Stopping Scotland's Scammers. If you or anyone you know has lost money to a scam, then please get in touch!
Last Updated: 23rd March 2018
Hats off to the Easter Bunny in the Easter Bonnet Parade at New Lanark

Hats off to the Easter Bunny in the Easter Bonnet Parade at New Lanark

Visit New Lanark this Easter Weekend, from Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April, when the Easter Bunny will be bouncing around this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Last Updated: 19th March 2018
Winner of national New Lanark Design Competition announced

Winner of national New Lanark Design Competition announced

New Lanark is delighted to announce the winner of its Textile Print competition in celebration of the ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition.
Last Updated: 19th March 2018
Gig in the Goil kicks off the festival season

Gig in the Goil kicks off the festival season

Back for the third consecutive year, Argyll Holidays' Gig in the Goil is set to be bigger and better than ever before!
Last Updated: 16th March 2018
Virtual reality arcade opens at Flip Out Glasgow

Virtual reality arcade opens at Flip Out Glasgow

Flip Out Glasgow, one of the world’s largest trampoline parks, has launched their brand new virtual reality arcade!
Last Updated: 15th March 2018
Matilda The Musical Scottish Premiere at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Matilda The Musical Scottish Premiere at the Edinburgh Playhouse

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced that the UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical will extend into 2019 and will play Edinburgh Playhouse in April 2019.
Last Updated: 14th March 2018
Loch Lomond Shores looking forward to Spring

Loch Lomond Shores looking forward to Spring

Now the snow is starting to thaw, Loch Lomond Shores is looking forward to the spring – and there’s a lot going on at the destination!
Last Updated: 6th March 2018
The Bodyguard opens UK tour at the Theatre Royal

The Bodyguard opens UK tour at the Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal Glasgow are delighted to announce that the international smash hit musical, The Bodyguard will open its UK tour at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this Christmas!
Last Updated: 6th March 2018
Event Cancellations due to adverse weather

Event Cancellations due to adverse weather

Due to the adverse weather, a number events across our network have been cancelled or postponed, updates will be posted here as and when we are notified.
Last Updated: 3rd March 2018
Event Cancellations at Scottish Event Campus

Event Cancellations at Scottish Event Campus

Upcoming shows at The SSE Hydro and SEC Glasgow have been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions affecting much of Scotland.
Last Updated: 1st March 2018
Time for tea...

Time for tea...

Dobbies have launched their new and improved Afternoon Tea Menu, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Last Updated: 28th February 2018
Six Degrees of Scotland: Film making the connection between the Oscars and Scotland

Six Degrees of Scotland: Film making the connection between the Oscars and Scotland

As we count down to the Academy Awards, VisitScotland is celebrating Scotland’s own stars of the big screen in a special map linking this year’s Oscar contenders with Scottish film locations!
Last Updated: 28th February 2018
Join BBC One for the return of Mrs Brown

Join BBC One for the return of Mrs Brown

The UK’s favourite sitcom family are back with a brand new series of All Round To Mrs Brown’s and applications are open to be in the audience!
Last Updated: 26th February 2018
Step away from your desk and step up for Sport Relief

Step away from your desk and step up for Sport Relief

Workplaces across the country are being urged to step away from their desks and get moving for just 15 minutes per day for Sport Relief.
Last Updated: 26th February 2018
Celebrate Mothers Day weekend with great deals at New Lanark

Celebrate Mothers Day weekend with great deals at New Lanark

Enjoy a wonderful day out with your family to New Lanark, an 18th century cotton-spinning Mill Village and one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Mother's Day weekend!
Last Updated: 26th February 2018
Volunteer for Erskine at the Ideal Home Show Scotland 2018

Volunteer for Erskine at the Ideal Home Show Scotland 2018

Erskine, Scotland’s foremost provider of care for veterans and their spouses, are once again the Official Charity Partner of the Ideal Home Show and are looking for volunteers to help out!
Last Updated: 22nd February 2018
Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones for Sport Relief 2018

Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones for Sport Relief 2018

Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones to take on ‘The Mother of All Challenges’ for Sport Relief 2018!
Last Updated: 22nd February 2018
Find your sense of adventure and challenge yourself this half term at Go Ape

Find your sense of adventure and challenge yourself this half term at Go Ape

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to escape from winter hibernation and challenge themselves as the forest adventure sites open for the season.
Last Updated: 8th February 2018

Sponsored Links

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »

Popular Events

Totepool Family Raceday
Enjoy a thrilling family fun day of flat racing that will have your heart pounding at Hamilton Park Racecourse!
Ladies’ Night with Dermot O’Leary
EK, East Kilbride Ladies' Night on August 4th is the most hotly anticipated night of the year at Hamilton Park Racecourse featuring an exclusive DJ set from Dermot O'Leary!
Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk
Join the Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Walk at Chatelherault on the 28th or 29th April and help raise money for Save the Children!
Lanark Market Car Boot Sale
An undercover car boot sale is held at Lanark Agricultural Market every Sunday throughout the year from 8am to 2pm!
Dogs Trust Glasgow Family Fun Day
Come to Chatelherault on June 10th 2018 for the annual Dogs Trust Glasgow Family Fun Day, helping to raise funds for the dogs in our care!