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The 2022 Cycle Arts Festival will take place over the first week of August 2022 (1st to 7th)   on  the traffic-free path that travels between Paisley and Lochwinnoch. It’s a week-long calendar of events geared towards encouraging everyone to visit this unique cycle path with arts exhibitions, live events and cycling activities. The festival will take place along 7 miles of the National Cycle Route 7, a cycle path that is designed for both walkers and cyclists.

“At this festival we have a stunning array of community developed projects that really highlight the talented artists and creative communities we have in Renfrewshire, the Cycle Arts Festival has an outdoors organic slant asking us to examine and celebrate our remarkable natural environments in Renfrewshire both urban and rural”  says Rikki Payne, Arts Manager at OneRen, the local charitable trust providing cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives.

Katie Rowland, Art and Diversity Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland said:  “Sustrans is delighted to support this brilliant festival which showcases the creativity and talent of people who live in Renfrewshire. It’s very much a community event and we hope people who live both locally and further afield will come along, see for themselves and make use of this this brilliant, traffic-free section of National Cycle Network Route 7 in the process.”

Place Partnership at OneRen in collaboration with local arts and community partners, Sustrans and Cycling  UK have developed this unique Outdoor  Arts Festival for Renfrewshire.

The Festivalfestival presents a series of outdoor arts and environmental engagements which link to local places and communities to celebrate and recognise the value of our unique environments. The festival pushes boundaries of creativity in terms of what kind of activities can be delivered outside.

There’s something for everyone to experience with a range of installations, activities and performances to discover as you make your way along the path.

At Kilbarchan local artist Phillipa Tomlin creates a permanent art installation created in collaboration with local residents. It combines uplifting poetry and a permanent mural, inspired by and exploring our connection to nature, the pigeons and other birds that live along the cycle route.

Dance Artist Rod Heaslip creates ‘Strawboys’ – a vibrant and energetic outdoor pop-up performance at Elderslie and Lochwinnoch blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music.

Come along to have your bike looked over to get it up and running with Dr Bike! At Dr Bike, your bike will be checked over by a trained mechanic, who will make any on-the-spot adjustments and fixes that need doing right there and then, free of charge.

The Cycle Arts Festival and the Cycle Arts Renfrewshire wWebsite are projects funded by Place Partnership based at OneRen, with Sustrans and Cycling UK.  The Place Partnership project in Renfrewshire is funded by Creative Scotland and Renfrewshire Council through Future Paisley – the radical and wide-ranging programme of economic, social and physical regeneration using the town’s unique and internationally significant cultural and heritage story to transform the future.

Written by: PaisleyRadio

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