Renfrewshire’s youth: the heart of Paisley Halloween festival

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Paisley Halloween festival 2017.

Young people were the driving force of the Halloween Festival which attracted thousands to Paisley last year.  

An estimated 34,000 people took the streets of Paisley during the Halloween Festival in October that celebrated the witchcraft past of the town. 

The event was supported by the Year of Young people 2018 and EventScotland, where it was  enhanced dramatically for the themed year which saw a full town centre takeover.  

A team of 28 Youth Events Panel worked alongside Renfrewshire Council’s Events Team and Youth Services to design and deliver the programme.  

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More than 700 people took part in a new creative learning programme. 

It gave participants the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the festival, from performances to live event management and technical production.  

Young people from a variety of backgrounds were at the heart of the festival.  

A dialogue filled with diversity was the driving force which shaped and delivered the event activities.  

Halloween stage

Young people were at the heart of Paisley Halloween Festival last year.

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Patrick Doherty, involved in the aerial performance, said he enjoyed having his creative ideas listened to in an open and fun environment.  

He said: “My personal challenge was meeting new people and working in a group with people I didn’t know, but I was able to overcome this and really enjoyed the experience.” 

The young participants received support to learn new skills and make new connections as part of the experience.  

Jessica Willcox, Youth Events Panel member, said:  

“Being involved in Halloween allowed me to have a completely new experience. I’ve made new friends and been able to socialise, which has increased my confidence.” 

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council said:  

“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 Event Scotland. 

“Our high profile, high impact, ambitious Halloween Festival working with leading creative partners All or Nothing, Bridgeman Arts and 21CC, ensured our children and young people’s skills, talents and diversity shone on a local and national stage.” 

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About Jade Donnelly

An aspiring Journalist who has fought to have her place at Glasgow Clyde College studying for her HND Journalism. Jade has had the honour of various features published in the Daily Record, Paisley Daily Express and Glasgow Live and is determined to make a name of for herself in the industry one day.

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