Sma’ Shot Day 2019 activities and events across Paisley Sma’ Shot Day 2019 activities and events across Paisley
It is that time of year again when Paisley looks forward to Sma’ Shot Day, an annual celebration which goes all the way back... Sma’ Shot Day 2019 activities and events across Paisley

It is that time of year again when Paisley looks forward to Sma’ Shot Day, an annual celebration which goes all the way back to the time weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

This year, alongside the main stage, all the music, dance and theatre on show at the Paisley Arts Centre and the Dooslan Stane Stage, local businesses will be getting involved in the Sma’ Shot weekend by opening their doors to members of the public who are keen to learn new skills.

Renfrewshire News brings you an easy guide to what’s on where and when:
(We list the main events followed with a breakdown of events by each venue or street)

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Doon the Watter – Seaside Experience – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… and we’re bringing it to you this summer with this outdoor experience in the grounds of Paisley Arts Centre. Kids can grab a bucket and spade and enjoy the outdoor beach while adults can relax on deck chairs. Let’s just hope the sun has it’s hat on…

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Face painting – Paisley Arts Centre grounds and Browns Lane kids zone

Kids can let their imagination run wild and be transformed into anything they like with free make-up and face painting in both the Paisley Arts Centre grounds and Browns Lane kids zone.

1.00pm – 5:00pm  Puppet shows with Big Top Circus – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Everyone loves a puppet show! Kids can laugh the day away with traditional puppet shows featuring a cast of hilarious, colourful characters (shows last 40mins, beginning every hour).

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Knitting on Cloud Nine “Doon the Watter” – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Rosie from Knitting on Cloud Nine is offering 3 fun activities to appeal to kids of all ages. Rosie teaches knitting and is passionate about helping people learn the traditional skill in a fun, modern and sustainable way.

Activity 1 – Jolly Jellyfish. Age toddler + (with a little help from Mum or Dad).
Use drawing & colouring skills to design a jolly jellyfish and add some trailing tentacles from waste textiles and yarn.

Activity 2 – Driftwood Wall Hanging. Primary age kids +
Take the beach vibe back home by making a floaty wall decoration that would look great inside or outside.

Activity 3 – Knit a Tiny Fish. Primary age kids +
Come and have a go at knitting – it’s easier than you think. Kids can try a few rows or go on to make a really cute little fish in super chunky wool in gorgeous colours.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Crafts with Louisa presents Paper Crafts -Paisley Arts Centre studio

Get the kids’ creative juices flowing and have lots of fun with this free drop-in stamping and collage workshop. Louisa will be on hand to help create a scene inspired by ‘Doon the Watter’ using a selection of handmade stamps with the iconic Paisley pattern design, then learn a creative collage technique to turn the motif into a variety of aquatic creatures. Free, no need to book – just drop in!

1.00pm – 5.00pm – JuJu Books presents Woven Spine Bookbinding Workshop – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Using professional book binding tools and materials, learn how to make and sew a bright notebook to take home with you. Custom foiled and designed exclusively for Sma’ Shot. This drop-in workshop is for adults and over 14s due to the sharp tools used. Places are limited.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Block Print Workshops with Paria Goodarzi – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Learn how to print and use a stamp/block print to design your own tote bag using the Paisley Pattern and design reflecting contemporary cultural identity. The workshop is available for all ages and will be led by textiles artist Paria Goodarzi. Places are limited 6 – 8 places per session and each session lasts 45 minutes.

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Storytelling Yurt – Browns Lane

Kids can discover more about the Sma’ Shot story, Paisley’s weaving heritage from professional storytellers at the popular storytelling yurt in Brown’s Lane. Suitable for all ages.

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Circus Skills with Big Top Circus – Brown’s Lane

Kids can learn circus skills and enjoy carnival craft workshops
with Big Top Circus. There’s a feast of activities for kids of all ages, as well as opportunities to get active, be creative and most of all have fun.

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Bubble making with Big Top Circus – Brown’s Lane

An exciting opportunity for kids and adults to learn a range of bubble themed party tricks and activities.

1.00 – 5.00pm – Create Paisley present String Art Workshop – Faction, Shuttle Street

This workshop will teach the process of creating colourful string art, giving kids the chance to work with others to design something amazing. Suitable for children of all ages.

2.00pm – 5.00pm – Stramash with Fèis Phàislig – The Bungalow

Kids can join some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians for a bumper afternoon of music. Fèis Phàislig’s first ever Stramash event will feature top quality traditional music alongside interactive performances for all ages. Kids can enjoy some ceilidh dancing and learn a Gaelic song or two. Younger audience members will also have the chance to be part of the band for the afternoon! The event is open to all ages.

1.00pm – 5.00pm Create Paisley presents Paper Heart Basket and Calligraphy – Faction

Create have teamed up with Toasty Type for a spot of heart shaped basket weaving and creative letter writing for kids. All materials will be provided too. This workshop is free to attend, no advance booking required.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Sensory Safe Space – St Matthew’s Church

A quiet space especially designed for individuals with additional support needs and their carers featuring sensory arts & crafts, musical instruments, gentle music and soft seating. Support workers from Disability Resource Centre will be available in the space along with noise cancelling headphones in both kids and adult sizes.

Main Stage

12.45pm – 1.00pm – Main Stage opens

Gus from Pulse FM will welcome the Sma’ Shot Parade groups back to their roots in the streets around the historic Sma’ Shot Cottage as the afternoon of Main Stage fun begins in Witherspoon Street.

1.00pm – 1.15pm – Trade Union Speeches

Series of speeches from local trade unions.

1.30pm – 1.45pm – PACE present “Sma’ Shot Story”

PACE Youth Theatre present a dramatic re-enactment of the Sma’ Shot Story and the events surrounding the 19th-century victory by the town’s weavers over their bosses for payment of the Sma’ Shot.

2.00pm -2.30pm – Starlight Music Theatre’s Rock Choir

Starlight’s rock choir will perform a contemporary and uplifting mini concert.

2:45pm – 3:30pm – Starlight Music Theatre’s Swing Band

Starlight’s swing band will perform a mix of 20s and 30s swing and big band tunes, while swing dancers perform demos and offer instruction sure to get you on the dance floor.

3.45pm – 4.15pm – A Pageant of Paisley

Community performers from the Paisley Players, the South End Action Centre and the Star Project present a series of street performances – devised with Grinagog Theatre Company – which explore the town’s history and reference 1929’s Pageant of Paisley. Funded through Paisley TH.CARS2.

4.30pm – 5.00pm – Charleston Drummers ‘School of Rock’

Traditional Sma’ Shot drumming meets rock band! Loud ‘n’ Proud rock school bring together talented drummers of all ages to perform a thrilling finale on the Main Stage.

Dooslan Stane Stage @Brown’s Lane

Enjoy poetry, spoken word, live music and drumming

This is where you’ll find the Dooslan Stane stage – inspired by the Dooslan Stane at Brodie Park, where historically weavers would gather to speak out on matters of the day. The line up will be as follows:

12.45pm A Pageant of Paisley

Community performers from the Paisley Players, the South End Action Centre and the Star Project present a series of street performances – devised with Grinagog Theatre Company – which explore the town’s history and reference 1929’s Pageant of Paisley. Funded by TH.CARS2.

1.30pm Jim King

A regular on the Glasgow folk circuit, writer and performer Jim will play songs about events and people from the area.

2pm Trade Union speakers / 2.15pm Pauline Vallance

A talented singer songwriter and clarsach player, Pauline will play songs with both a local and international flavour.

2.45pm CREATE Paisley’s Momentum Poets

Momentum – which runs from 1-5 July – is a week-long adventure in art, film and spoken word poetry for young people aged 14-18.

The project explores ideas and creative ways to positively protest the excessive nature of consumer lifestyle, including plastic pollution and food waste.

Throughout the week, young people will be able to opt in to an artform to create a protest piece about the issues they identify through art, film or poetry.

Young people will then showcase their final poetry pieces on the Dooslan Stane stage on Sma’ Shot Day.

3.15pm Junkman’s Choir

The Ayrshire duo will perform upbeat trad tunes and punked up Burns’ songs.

3.45pm Paisley’s Songwriting Heritage

Supported by TH.CARS2, this slot will see performances of brand new songs inspired by Paisley’s songwriting and poetry heritage written by community participants led by musician Michael Cassidy.

4.15pm – 4.45pm Petra Taylor

The Paisley-based singer songwriter will perform some of her own material as well as some well know covers.

Paisley Arts Centre

After the traditional Burning of the Cork, families will be able to enjoy face-painting, puppet shows, craft workshops and an outdoor beach to experience the weaver’s annual holidays ‘doon the watter’.

1.15pm – 1.30pm – Burning of the Cork – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

A highlight of the Sma’ Shot Day celebrations that sees the ‘Corks’ (the middlemen between the owners and the weavers) meet their fate at the hands of the working weavers in spectacular fashion. This year’s burning of the cork has a brand new design that’s not to be missed too! Right2Dance will also deliver a short pre-Burning of the Cork performance with live music in front of Paisley Arts Centre at 1.15pm.

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Doon the Watter – Seaside Experience – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… Forget travelling to the seaside this summer – we’re bringing it to you with deck chairs and an outdoor beach for the kids! Let’s just hope the sun has its hat on…

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Urban Market presents ‘Makers’ Market’ – Paisley Arts Centre main auditorium

A contemporary Makers’ Market, showcasing a variety of innovative Scotland based designers and makers, featuring clothing, jewellery, accessories, interior design, gifts and souvenirs. Confirmed stall holders include; Loopy Lally, Clydeside Soap, Cookie’s Dog Bakery, Wee Jaggy Plates, Flutterby Gift Boutique and Wiktor Printmaker.

12:00pm – 5:00pm – Face painting – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Let your imagination run wild and be transformed into anything you like with free special FX make-up and face painting.

1.00pm – 5:00pm  Puppet shows with Big Top Circus – Paisley Arts Centre grounds

Laugh until your heart is content with traditional puppet shows featuring a cast of hilarious, colourful characters (shows last 40mins, beginning every hour).

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Crafts with Louisa presents Paper Crafts -Paisley Arts Centre studio

Get the kids’ creative juices flowing and have lots of fun with this free drop-in stamping and collaging workshop. Louisa will be on hand to help create a scene inspired by ‘Doon the Watter’ using a selection of handmade stamps with the iconic Paisley pattern design, then learn a creative collage technique to turn the motif into a variety of aquatic creatures. Free, no need to book – just drop in!

1.00pm – 5.00pm – JuJu Books presents Woven Spine Bookbinding Workshop – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Using professional book binding tools and materials, learn how to make and sew a bright notebook to take home with you. Custom foiled and designed exclusively for Sma’ Shot. This drop-in workshop is for adults and over 14s due to the sharp tools used. Places are limited.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Knitting on Cloud Nine “Doon the Watter” – Paisley Arts Centre studio

It’s the first Saturday of July so let’s head to the beach just like the Paisley thread workers and their families would have done, all of those years ago. Rosie from Knitting on Cloud Nine and in conjunction with Incube Renfrewhire is offering 3 fun activities to appeal to kids of all ages. Rosie teaches knitting and is passionate about helping people learn the traditional skill in a fun, modern way while helping the planet by using sustainable materials.

Activity 1 – Jolly Jellyfish. Age toddler + (with a little help from Mum or Dad).
Bring your drawing & colouring skills to design your own jolly jellyfish and add some trailing tentacles from waste textiles and yarn.

Activity 2 – Driftwood Wall Hanging. Primary age kids +
Take the beach vibe back home by making a floaty wall decoration that would look great inside or outside.

Activity 3 – Knit a Tiny Fish. Primary age kids +
Come and have a go at knitting – it’s easier than you think. You could just try a few rows or if you are so inspired can go on to make a really cute little fish in super chunky wool in gorgeous colours.

1.00pm – 5.00pm – Block Print Workshops with Paria Goodarzi – Paisley Arts Centre studio

Learn how to print and use a stamp/block print to design your own tote bag using the Paisley Pattern and design reflecting contemporary cultural identity. The workshop is available for all ages and will be led by textiles artist Paria Goodarzi. Places are limited 6 – 8 places per session and each session lasts 45 minutes.

7:00pm – 10:00pm – Sma’ Shot Poetry Slam – Paisley Arts Centre

A favourite of the Sma’ Shot Day celebrations. See top poets from Paisley and beyond compete for the £50 prize money and entry to the Scottish Slam Finals in Edinburgh. This year’s event will feature spoken word artists Jenny Lindsay and Martin O’Connor.

Bars, restaurants and businesses at Shuttle Street

The Bungalow

  • 2pm – 5pm Stramash with Fèis Phàislig

Fèis Phàislig’s first ever Stramash event will feature top quality trad music alongside interactive performances for all ages. With space for dancing, you can join us for some ceilidh dancing or relax and enjoy the music with our Fèis musicians. Younger audience members will also get the chance to join the band for the afternoon! This event is free, no need to book in advance.

Faction

  • 1pm – 5pm Create Paisley presents String Art

Kids can have a go at creating fun and colourful string art and work with others to create something amazing. This is a free, drop-in workshop, suitable for children of all ages.

  • 1pm – 5pm Create Paisley presents Paper Heart Basket and Calligraphy

Create have teamed up with Toasty Type for a spot of heart shaped basket weaving and creative letter writing for kids. All materials will be provided too. This workshop is free to attend, no advance booking required.

  • 1pm – 5pm Re-Mode presents Clothing Re-design

Make something old new again with block printing and up-cycling techniques taught by the Re-Mode designers. You’ll also be able to browse and buy re-designed clothing and find out more about other re-design workshops happening in Renfrewshire. This workshop is free to attend, no advance booking required.

The Lane

  • 12noon – 5pm Food and Drink in Shuttle Street

The popular venue will be hosting a BBQ serving handmade burgers and a selection of pastas in Shuttle Street. They will also have a bar serving draught beers, bottled beers and ciders, a selection of wines, gins and other spirits. Ice cream cones and slush drinks will also be on sale.

Sma Shot Cottages

  • 12noon – 5pm Weaving Demos & Renfrewshire Tapestry Group

Pop in from 12noon – 4pm for your chance to see what life was really like for the weavers in the 19th century. Catch a guided tour and watch live weaving demonstrations with Paisley Museum’s textiles expert, Dan Coughlan.

Or join the Renfrewshire Tapestry Group to contribute to the ‘Stitch in Time’ heritage project by adding your very own stitch to the growing tapestry.

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