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Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017
Paisley’s national festival, which this year is from 13 to 22 October – is amongst 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country which are benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.
The event, which is now in its sixth year and is part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, has been awarded £10,500 which is being used for marketing and to enhance the programme in order to increase attendance figures and improve the overall visitor experience. The Spree received £15,000 from the National Funding Programme in 2012 for its inaugural event and a further £20,000 in 2013.
This year’s Spree features a fantastic range of quality entertainment including great music, comedy and film screenings as well as a series of exciting and unique experiences.
The opening concert, ‘A Musical Tapestry’, on 13 October in The Spiegeltent – where much of the festival’s action takes place – offers a distinctive fusion of Celtic and Indian sounds. The Spree is twinned with one of India’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), so in celebration of two cities’ close links and their cloth-making and textiles heritage – plus the Paisley Pattern itself – musical and digital ‘tapestries are being created. Traditional Indian and Scottish music will be woven together for a performance at the opening concerts of both RIFF and The Spree. Respected artists Ross Ainslie, Blue Rose Code and Angus Lyon play in the collaboration which will be recorded for BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship folk, acoustic and roots programme to be broadcast on 18 October.
On 17 October the stunning surroundings of Paisley Abbey provide the setting for another unique collaboration – this time between Scottish indie act Frightened Rabbit and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. And on 20 October, Paisley’s own Paolo Nutini will also be at Paisley Abbey to top the bill for The Spree with an exclusive one-off charity concert to back the town’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid. All public tickets for the 550-capacity gig have now sold out.