2019 FESTIVAL: A great 3 days!


St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam 2019 - 6th edition

The 6th edition of St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam took place on Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019 in Splendor and the Uilenburgersjoel in the heart of Amsterdam. Our Festival welcomed Irish, Dutch and international people based in Amsterdam and beyond to celebrate, take part in, and enjoy Irish arts and Dutch-Irish collaboration in a cultural setting. 



Iconic Irish singer Mary Coughlan, known as Ireland's Billie Holiday,  headed up an evening of musical magic in the beautiful setting of the Uilenburger Sjoel on Saturday night, March 16th. Earlier that day Irish journalist and autor Fintan O'Toole  discussed Brexit and it's implications with Dutch journalist and author Joris Luyendijk.  Ballymaloe chef and TV presenter Rory O'Connell  served up a delicious prelude (the recipes are here) to the Friday night concert featuring live music and discussion of composer G. F. Handel's time in Dublin. A full family programme will took place, with music, dancing, animation workshops and a talk by young adult author Louise O'Neill on St. Patrick's Day, Sunday March 17th. 


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The Brexit Conversation with Fintan O'Toole & Joris Luyendijk

Fintan O'Toole & Joris Luyendijk came together to talk about what Britain’s exit from the EU might mean for Ireland, for the Netherlands and for Europe in an in-depth conversation about Brexit, and the conditions that may have contributed to the current state of affairs.


Recorded live at St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam 2019 in the Uilenburgersjoel on Saturday 16th March 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 


Moderator: Terence Barry


Sound: Ruben Kieftenbelt

Photos: Foppe Schut

Compiled by: Deirdre Daly

Recipes from chef Rory O'Connell

For those lucky enough to attend chef Rory O'Connell's talk and tasting as part of the Handel in Dublin evening, you'll have enjoyed the delicious food he prepared assisted by Elisabeth Kamphuis. The good news is, everyone can try these wonderful recipes at home.

All the recipes can be found here. 

2019 Festival Prizewinners

The winner of the top prize to Ireland is...

⭐️ Floor Lunenberg ⭐️

Floor - we wish you a wonderful trip to Ireland with flights for two courtesy of Aer Lingus, a stay at River Lee Hotel In Cork, an afternoon cookery workshop at Ballymaloe Cookery School and lunch at Ballymaloe Cafe. Let us know how you get on. We think your smile in the picture says it all ☺️


The other prizerwinners are: 

⭐️ Voucher for dinner for two at Restaurant Zaza's in Amsterdam: Monika Geibel

⭐️ Box of fabulous chocolates from Van Velze's Chocolaterie: Kate Clarke

⭐️Signed copy of Rory O Connell's prizewinning cookbook 'Master It': Dawn Connor

⭐️The Breadwinner DVD courtesy of Cartoon Saloon: Iris Oltheten


Congratulations to all our prizewinners. Enjoy your prizes!

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors & Funders

Amsterdams fonds voor de Kunst logo
Embassy of Ireland logo
Culture Ireland logo

Sponsorship & Advertising with St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam

Get in contact to discuss the range of sponsorship opportunities suitable for companies and individuals for St. Patrick's Festival cultural celebrations in Amsterdam. 


The Festival is extremely grateful to the past sponsors and supporters who have helped make previous editions of the Festival happen.  You can also make a one-off donation to support the Festival. 


ANBI & St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam 

About the Festival

St. Patrick's Festival Amsterdam is an annual festival celebrating Irish Arts & Culture and collaboration with top Dutch artists, performers and writers.  Held in the heart of the Dutch capital in The Netherlands, it is the only celebration of the richness of Irish arts & culture in Amsterdam. The festival celebrates not only Irish traditional music, but also Irish music and musicians from other genres such as classical, pop, jazz and world, collaborating to present unique programs with Irish music as the inspiration. Spoken word, cuisine, dance, film and animation have also been featured in the programme for this Festival which first took place in 2014. Read more. 


The Festival is an initiative of The DeeAispora Foundation, co-founded by Aisling Casey & Deirdre Daly in 2014.  With the support of an energetic and enthusiastic board of directors, the Festival continues to grow in programme offering and ambition year on year. 

A taste of previous St. Patrick's Festivals