Weave Festival and Sma’ Shot Day returns to Paisley on Saturday 7 July with a spectacular day of events, displays and fun, family activities.
The popular multi-arts festival celebrates Paisley’s rich history of weaving and radicalism, encapsulated in the famous victory of the town’s weavers in the historic sma’ shot dispute.
From the traditional Sma’ Shot Parade and Burning of the Cork to amazing aerial performances and live entertainment on the Main Stage, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.
Take a look at some of highlights of this year’s huge event that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
Sma’ Shot Parade
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Brodie Park to Abbey Close
The spectacular parade begins at Brodie Park at 12pm before making its way into Paisley town centre. Co-ordinated by Bridgeman Arts in collaboration with community groups, performers and musicians, this year’s parade brings to life the traditional weaver’s holiday and trip ‘doon the watter’, including the reveal of a spectacular paddle steamer float.
12.00pm – 5.00pm, Abbey Close
Forget travelling to the seaside this summer – we’re bringing it to you! With ‘Doon the Watter’ being the theme for this year’s event, enjoy the sandy beach, ice-cream and candyfloss right in the heart of Paisley town centre.
All or Nothing presents ‘All aboard!’ – Spectacular aerial performances
12:30pm – 4:30pm, Abbey Close
These performers will amaze you as they spin and whirl through the air, complete with deckchairs, bunting, beach balls and good old buckets and spades.
‘Watch, Fly, Come & Try’ – Aerial workshops
12.00pm – 5.00pm, Abbey Close
After watching the All or Nothing aerial performances, why not give it a go yourself? Try a trapeze, climb a silk and turn upside down with drop in taster sessions throughout the afternoon. The workshops are suitable for all the family – both young and old can come and have a go.
Burning of the Cork
2.00pm – 2.15pm, Cotton Street
One of the highlights of the annual Sma’ Shot celebrations is the Burning of the Cork. An effigy of the ‘Cork’ (the middlemen between the owners and the weavers) is ceremoniously burned in spectacular fashion. This year’s burning of the cork has a brand new design that’s not to be missed—so, make sure you have your camera at the ready!
Outdoor Family Ceilidh with Drams Ceilidh Band
2.20pm – 3.10pm, Main Stage
Grab your family and get your dancing shoes on for this energetic outdoor ceilidh. The Drams Ceilidh Band feature 4 of Scotland’s finest folk musicians, each boasting a wealth of worldwide touring and performing experience with some of the biggest names on the UK music scene.
That Swing Sensation & Boogie Box Jive
3.45pm – 4.45pm, Main Stage
This award-winning swing band are bringing their mix of big band swing classics and rock n roll numbers to Sma’ Shot Day and Weave Festival. Then, get ready to shake those hips with the dancers from Boogie Box Jive, who will be performing demos and live instructions.
Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam
7pm–10pm, Paisley Town Hall
Get ready to see poets from Paisley and beyond battle at the annual Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam. This entertaining event will be opened by great local musicians and talent, including champion beat boxer Bigg Taj, as poets compete for prize money and entry to the Scottish Slam Finals in Edinburgh.