Fantastic news – Paisley’s spooktacular Halloween Festival will be one of the major events as part of the Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018) celebrations!
And what’s even better is that around 500 local young people will have the chance to get involved in the event’s popular parade and finale.
The town’s two-day fright-fest – which will take place on 26 and 27 October this year – regularly attracts thousands of people to Paisley town centre for the spectacle.
This year’s festival is supported by the Year of Young People event fund – managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate – and has been awarded just over £48,000.
This will help deliver an enhanced parade and finale on Saturday 27 October inspired by Renfrewshire’s dark and deathly 17th century witch history and will include floats designed by young people.
Bridgeman Arts and 21CC will creatively lead the parade, which will culminate in a spectacular new aerial performance, ‘The Flying Witches’. This will involve a cast of 50 young people especially for YOYP2018 and will be led by All or Nothing – one of Scotland’s leading aerial dance theatre companies.
This activity will be driven by a specially assembled youth panel made up of 20 young people from across Renfrewshire. The panel will take a lead role in helping design and deliver the event in partnership with Renfrewshire Council, youth services and creative and community partners.
There will also be the creation of a Youth Training Programme, with around 180 young people given experience and skills in areas such as creative performance, costume, make-up, technical production and marketing and event design through a series of taster sessions and masterclasses.
The funding will also support the delivery of a volunteering and internship programme for young people in Renfrewshire Council’s events and marketing team as well as mentee opportunities with arts and cultural professionals.
The Year of Young People 2018 is a Scottish Government initiative consisting of a year-long programme of events and activities which aim to inspire all ages through young people (8-26 years).
More information about the event programme for Paisley Halloween Festival will be released at a later date – so keep an eye on our event page below for the latest updates.