The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, has received the funding from EventScotland’s National Programme Fund to enhance the event’s delivery and to further develop Scotland’s diverse events portfolio.
Taking place from 25 – 26 October, this year promises to be bigger than ever with £16,950 of National Programme funding going towards an extended programme of outdoor performances - featuring giant, animated puppets, floats and a cast of spooky circus characters - as well as aerial performances, and an inclusive autism friendly 'safe space'.
The Festival continues to involve young people through the co-designing of and participating in the programme, ensuring a legacy from last year’s Year of Young People 2018.
Gordon Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “The Paisley Halloween Festival is a major event in the area’s calendar and I’m thrilled we could support Renfrewshire Council as they look to build on the outstanding success of 2018. Our national funded events play a fundamental role, not only in contributing to Scotland’s diverse portfolio of events, but in increasing domestic tourism, and delivering real social and economic benefits to local communities across the country.”
Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are delighted to once again be working with EventScotland on the Paisley Halloween Festival and would like to thank them for their support.
“Paisley Halloween Festival is a unique event which attracts visitors from across Scotland and beyond and is now listed as one of the best of its kind in the UK. Last year’s event was worth more than £1.9m to the local economy and saw 34,000 people enjoy spectacular performances and parades against the stunning backdrop of Paisley Abbey.
“This year, with support from EventScotland, we’ll be able to deliver new dramatic and ambitious creative content, programming and production. Paisley’s programme of major events which has made the town one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years – and we look forward to building on that national platform.”
The National Events Programme is a strategic development programme with eligible events, which take place outside the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, able to bid for a maximum of three rounds of funding. The deadline for the next round of the National Programme is 4 October 2019 with events taking place from May 2020 onwards eligible to apply.
Guidelines for entry are available on www.eventscotland.org.