I regret to inform you that the foundation behind the St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam (Stichting DeeAispora) is coming to a close.
Over the past six years the founders, Deirdre Daly and Aisling Casey, and the volunteers, events teams, and the various board members have been responsible for an incredible run of festivals and more recently, Halloween parties. The range and quality of events, performances and experiences has been wonderful and has been a great source of enjoyment and pride for the Irish community and our friends and families in Amsterdam.
Unfortunately, over the past couple of years, our Arts Funding income has decreased significantly and our efforts to secure alternative corporate sponsorship from the Irish / Dutch business community have not been successful.
We are, however, very grateful for the sponsors that made last year's Halloween and St. Patrick's Festival possible. We are also very grateful to the Ambassador and staff at the Irish Embassy, and the years of support we received from the authorities in Ireland. But, unfortunately, going into our 2020 planning, we were unable to get the level of new and ongoing industry support that the festival required.
On behalf of the founders and the board, I would like to thank all of our visitors, volunteers, performers and supporters over the years.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh; slán agus beannacht libh.
Chair of the St Patrick's Festival Amsterdam board