It is with deep regret that we must inform you of the cancellation of The Spring Gatherin 2017.

This is due to the removal of funding for the event by the Ulster Scots Agency late on Thursday evening after we had finished work for the day and was done without warning, explanation or discussion.

For our part, this year was to have been the breakthrough year for the event, moving to The Waterfront Hall Conference Centre and a strong line up of Bands, Dance and Masterclasses to highlight the UlsterScots Tradition here in Ulster and something which sadly lacks here in Belfast.

We are sorry we have had to take this course of action but as a not for profit company, without this funding, we are unable to proceed with the event.

We will now have a rethink of strategy and consider how best to proceed with this event in 2018, if it is possible at all.