Sma’ Shot Day

Paisley's annual Sma' Shot day event, one of the oldest workers' festivals in the UK, will take place this year on Saturday 3rd July... but not as you know it.

Sma’ Shot Day

About Sma’ Shot Day

Following the success of last year’s event, Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will once again be marked with a programme of online events in 2021 to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers.

This year’s online event will take place on Saturday 3 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

The centrepiece of the traditional Sma’ Shot Day celebrations – The Burning of the Cork – is back for 2021. People can log on to watch the spectacle of the burning effigy featuring captivating performances lead by aerial performance company, All or Nothing, in partnership with PACE, Right2Dance and Jennifer Scott Dancers.

Other programme highlights include The Charleston Drum Rally film, funded by Renfrewshire Council’s TH.CARS2 programme, which will shine a light on another historic element of the day’s celebrations.

Loud n Proud will be showcasing a short film version of their production, ‘Sma’ Shot, the Musical’, reimagining this famous point in Paisley’s history, in advance of the extended live musical show to follow later this year.

The Makers Market is also back and online for this year’s event. Delivered in partnership with Incube – you’ll be able to browse and buy some fantastic handmade items by local makers including Camper Plants, Pottle Jewellery and Karen Hanvidge Ceramics.

Also being launched to coincide with Sma’ Shot Day is a new immersive walking tour app, Paisley Radicals Catalysts for Change, acknowledging Paisley’s role in Scotland’s Radical Wars. Part radio play, part mindfulness app and part walking tour the app, produced by Civil Disobedience and Inner Ear, will address the events leading up to and including the Radical War of 1820.

This is just a flavour of what to expect from this year’s digital extravaganza. More information on the full programme will be released in the coming weeks so watch this space!

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