There is such an incredible buzz around Halloween in Paisley. The event is hugely successful because it is a collaboration between the public and private sector and community organisations and groups.
We jumped at the chance to choreograph a piece involving 50 young people for the Flying Witches performance around Paisley Town Hall and Abbey. Celebrating Paisley’s witchy heritage, it definitely looked spectacular to have witches swarm the Town Hall as aerialists fly 120 feet up in the air.
It’s been great fun and as well as making new friends, I’ve had opportunities to learn new things.
It’s been a lot of fun taking part and I’ve had the opportunity to do things I would never have thought of. It’s good to be challenged and learning new skills has made me feel more confident. I’ve also made lots of new friends.
There is so much local talent involved in the event, from the artwork, the performance and everyone supporting behind the scenes. It’s fantastic to show off the talents and creative input of Paisley’s young people as well as boosting the area’s economy.
The festival provided so many fantastic opportunities for young people to show us what they are made of and those involved should be very proud of what they have achieved.
This year’s Halloween Festival was our biggest and most spectacular to date and is now viewed as one of the top events of its kind nationwide.
It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves in Paisley town centre during the two days of free events, while the festival itself has created amazing opportunities for our young people.
Young people were integral to every aspect of the design and delivery of the festival, highlighting the skills and talent that our young people have and further reinforcing Scotland as the perfect stage for events.
To have so many of our young people at the heart of the festival’s planning and staging as co-creators made it extra special and we have been delighted to have delivered such a major event in partnership with VisitScotland.