The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Soft Power or Soft Disempowerment?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Soft Power or Soft Disempowerment?

In the past 3 and half years, I have been investigating the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as a soft power tool. I have taken a holistic approach in the context of understanding my case study, this holistic research approach arose because I have never travelled to Japan and I have never experienced the Japanese culture in reality. My views on Japan and its culture stem from an external Influence of playing Japanese-related video games and watching TV series. However, I have planned to travel to Japan for data collection and to experience, in reality, the  Japanese culture and way of life. It turned out that the negative factors of globalisation had a different plan for my research, with the spread of Covid-19 and the subsequent pandemic. The emergence of Covid-19 meant that I could not travel to Japan, I could not attend the Olympic Games and collect data for my research. (more…)

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

ApArt – A Community Based Therapeutic Arts Intervention

Recently, Paisley’s marvellous STAR Project completed a 9-month long, seasons inspired, arts based therapeutic intervention; ApArt. Funded by Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Fund, the project supported community members to address feelings of anxiety relating to the COVID 19 lockdown alongside issues around loss of connection and uneasiness regarding re-entry into the social world. With guidance from artist Rachel Mimiec, community members were able to discover, reignite and give full reign to their creativity, a process which had a range of benefits both individually and collectively…

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The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Making of Paisley: Communities, Heritage Learning and Regeneration

The Paisley Townscape Heritage Conservation Area Scheme 2 (Paisley TH.CARS2) is a £4.5M regeneration programme led by Renfrewshire Council, with match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Running since 2016, and due to conclude in 2023, the focus for investment is Paisley’s Town Centre Conservation Area, with the west end of the High Street, New Street and the area around Shuttle Street having particular priority. Paisley TH.CARS2 follows on from a previous regeneration project – Paisley THI/CARS – which focused investment around Causeyside Street. (more…)

The First Summary since the Last Summary: Life on the CCSE Blog

The First Summary since the Last Summary: Life on the CCSE Blog

Another wee while has flown by since the last slightly random summary of CCSE blog activity; we have tentatively emerged from COVID restriction, endured unusual summer heat and enjoyed another season of outdoor sports. To accommodate a winter World Cup, football has made an early start. And, the CCSE blog has continued to tick over, providing a space for record and reflection of cultural, sporting and event related activity ongoing at the locally and nationally. (more…)

CCSE Annual Symposium Recap: Localism: Re-evaluating the Future of Culture, Events and Tourism

CCSE Annual Symposium Recap: Localism: Re-evaluating the Future of Culture, Events and Tourism

A few weeks ago, we hosted our annual CCSE symposium online, it was the second such event of a busy week but our excellent speaking line ups and engaging and thought provoking keynote and panels ensured a great afternoon. (more…)

The Challenges of COVID and the Effect of the Pandemic on Physical Activity in Adaptive Sport

The Challenges of COVID and the Effect of the Pandemic on Physical Activity in Adaptive Sport

It is easy to forget that in a world before COVID there were already significant barriers for people with disabilities and chronic illness who wanted to take part in physical activity. Some of these barriers were physical in nature, such as inaccessible facilities, difficulties in accessing transport and the costs of specialist equipment. There were also more social and cultural barriers for example stereotypes around disability, lack of awareness and understanding of how to cater for different needs.

And then, in March 2020, the pandemic hit the UK… (more…)