Programme highlights 2018

St. Patrick's Festival 2018 will be the 5th edition of this annual celebration of Irish arts & culture. To celebrate, Literature is featured for the first time on the programme and  the Festival will take place at Splendor as well as the larger Uilenburger Sjoel, just a few minutes up the street from Splendor.


We are very excited and proud to share the first highlights of the 2018 programme and are delighted to welcome none other than John Banville, Eleanor McEvoy  among others. Tickets  and family passes will be available via Splendor Amsterdam. 

John Banville

An Evening with John Banville


Booker prizewinning Irish author John Banville, will be in conversation about his new book, Mrs. Osmond, and how music influences his writing. In a beautiful evening of words and music, hear the music that inspires John's writing, played by musicians including Irish violinist  Gwendolyn Masin, Dutch violinist Emmy Storms and Dutch cellist Johan van Iersel, solo cello Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Robert Kulek, piano. 

Eleanor McEvoy

Eleanor Mc Evoy & Friends


Iconic Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy will head up an evening of extraordinary musical magic. Joined in the beautiful setting of the Uilenburger Sjoel by remarkable Dutch musicians Martin Fondse, Mark Haanstra and Joshua Samson, this will be an Irish-Dutch creative collaboration feast. 

Irish Dancing

10:00 | SAT 17TH MARCH

Irish Dancing workshop for all the family and all levels led by The Redmond School of Irish Dancing.

Music workshops

11:00 & 12:45 | SAT 17TH MARCH

The youngest musicians (ages 4-10) have an opportunity to get a taste of making music with an Irish theme. 

Animation workshop

13:45 | SAT 17TH MARCH

Animator Rory Conway from the Irish Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon Animation Studios gives a workshop on how basic shapes create characters and insights into creating animation feature films.