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The Paisley Spree Festival 2019 – Paisley’s biggest music and arts festival is back! Now in its eighth year, The Spree Festival has developed a well-earned reputation for bringing a diverse mix of music, theatre and arts to the people of Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond.
The Spree takes place between Friday 11 until Saturday 19 October 2019. The Spree takes over Paisley for 8 days of live music, award-winning comedy, film screenings, family fun and loads more. All the shows are individually ticketed, so you don’t need to pay for everything, just cherry-pick what you want to see and do!
Venues for 2019 – for the majority of the live music takes place at the stunning Salon Perdu Spiegeltent located in County Square at the entrance to Paisley Gilmour Street train station. Late-night stand-up comedy, more live music and film screenings take place at the Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley. More information, Spree full programme and booking information online at: https://www.thespree.co.uk/
The Salvation Army at Mill Street, Paisley PA1 1ND will be having a Craft Fair and Table Top Sale on Saturday 19 October from 11.00am until 3.00pm. There will also be a café with home baking. Entry is free.
Classic Car Show at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch on Sunday, 20 October from 11.00am until 3.00pm. Special attractions, rare car models, prizes and all proceeds to St Vincent’s Hospice, Howwood.
Fibres is at Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ on Tuesday 22 October at 7.30pm. Tickets and booking link at: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173596082 Fibres is a story of love, laughter and the untold legacy of Glasgow’s shipyards. Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet, Fibres is a big-hearted and laugh out loud play about what it means to entwine our lives with another, in sickness and in health. A story told by four characters who show a very Glaswegian resilience and wit, the play asks can we ever cut the cords that bind us and who will catch us if we do?
The Monster and Mary Shelley is at the Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley on Thursday 24 October at 7.30pm. Tickets at: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173596083 Incorporating elements of music hall, melodrama, horror and teenage rebellion with a pulsing, contemporary cinematic score, The Monster and Mary Shelley is a celebration of one of literature’s most influential talents and an atmospheric, moving, and at times darkly comic exploration of the Gothic Girl who electrified the world.
Fraser John Lindsay’s Blues Incentive is at Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley on Friday 25 October at 7.30pm. Tickets booking at: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173596084 Guitarist Fraser John Lindsay and his Blues Incentive have become a welcome addition to Scotland’s thriving music scene. His first taste of the blues was at the age of 18, jamming with The Statesboro Blues Band at Glasgow’s State Bar. Over the last three years Fraser has performed live at Paisley Arts Centre with some of the best musicians around; showcasing his band’s unique blend of blues, rock n roll and jazz influences with plenty improvisation. This year’s show should be a fantastic night out for music fans.
Paisley Halloween Festival 2019 is on Friday 25 October and Saturday 26 October. Paisley town centre will be transformed into a sinister outdoor circus with street theatre and death-defying aerial performers taking over the Paisley town centre streets! On the Saturday evening, the dark circus parade led by a sinister Svengali, will be choreographed by internationally acclaimed outdoor performance specialists Cirque Bijou. It will feature giant animated puppets, floats and a cast of spooky circus characters from creepy clowns and twisted jugglers to deathly creatures and strange fortune tellers. There will be loads of pre-parade surprises new for 2019 and all the trick or treat favourites you have come to expect from Paisley’s award-winning Halloween festival.
The Wedding Planners is at the Paisley Arts Centre on Monday 28 October at 7.30pm. Tickets at: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173595978 Mairi has her dream job running the ‘I Do’ wedding agency, planning that special day for brides to be all over the country. But it’s not all plain sailing – she has to deal with Bridezillas, Wild Hen Nights and making sure there’s always plenty of Prosecco on tap! The Wedding Planners is the hilarious girls’ night out you won’t want to miss!
Fallen Fruit (pictured left) is at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm. Ticket information at: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173596085 This performance will be BSL interpreted.1989: The Berlin Wall splits open; a young girl looks forward to life beyond Communism; a couple unravel; and 80’s TV permeates everything. 2019: Britain prepares to leave the EU while Europe celebrates 30 years since the end of the Cold War. A story of love, breaking free, and Europe, from multi-award winning Two Destination Language, Fallen Fruit foregrounds a unique migrant voice born in communist Bulgaria.
Gnoss will be at Paisley Arts Centre, Saturday 2 November at 8pm. Ticket and Box Office contact: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173596086 Formed by the award-winning Orkney duo of fiddler/mandolinist Graham Rorie and singer-guitarist Aidan Moodie, Gnoss combine livewire instrumental sets with stirring song arrangement. Tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by Songlines, today’s line-up is completed by fellow Royal Conservatoire of Scotland alumni Connor Sinclair (flute/whistles) and Craig Baxter (bodhran/stomp). Following high praise for their 2018 EP, Gnoss released their much-anticipated debut album, Drawn from Deep Water, to similarly high plaudits in April 2019. Support comes from Fèis Phàislig Ceilidh Trail.
Sign Language Club at the Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley, starts on Monday 4th and Saturday 9th November. Tickets and further event information at: https://renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com/event-categories/426496920
Sign Language Club is a six week block of British Sign Language classes held at Paisley Arts Centre hosted by profoundly deaf tutor Graham Dow and SQA Level 3 BSL David O’Rorke. Taught in a fun and friendly environment, you should come along to learn the basics or improve your knowledge of BSL.
Beginners: Monday evenings at 7.00pm or Saturday mornings at 11.00am.
Intermediate: Monday evenings at 6.00pm.
Families: Saturday afternoons at 12 noon. This is a family friendly session and all ages are encouraged to attend! Children go free with a paying adult.
Kilmacolm Dramatic Society announces that the autumn 2019 production will be The Wizard of Oz by James Barry. Performance dates are 21, 22, and 23 November 2019 at The Kidston Hall, Kilmacolm. The society is in the early stages of preparation for the pre-Christmas production, so anyone interested in getting involved in any way is more than welcome to join. Please contact Claire Fraser on 07803 268 163.
Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on is on Saturday 16 November 2019 in Paisley Town Centre with entertainment stages, ‘the shows’ and much more in Gilmour Street, County Square and Gauze Street, Paisley. More information to follow!
Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-on is on Saturday 23 November 2019 at Renfrew Cross and the High Street with the main focus on the Christmas lights spectacular at Renfrew Town Hall. There will entertainment and mini-shows in High Street, Renfrew during the afternoon. Do remember that there will road closures and parking restrictions in Wilson Street, Houston Street, Renfield Street, Canal Street and Hairst Street, Renfrew. Pic shows the 2018 Christmas Lights switch-on.
Johnstone Christmas Lights Switch-on is on Saturday 30 November 2019 at Houston Square in Johnstone town centre which will become a winter wonderland. There will be a host of entertainment and music during the afternoon to ensure the Christmas Lights switch-on appeals to people of all ages.
Christmas Party Nights at Johnstone Town Hall are on Thursday 12 December 2019 when entertainment is provided by The Ultimate Jersey Boys. The following night, Friday 13 December will be a Back to the 80s Night with all the hits from the 1980s. On Saturday 14 December there is another Christmas Party Night with music and entertainment with hits from the 1990s and the ‘Noughties’. For further information and to book, call Renfrewshire Leisure on 0300 300 1210.
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