Following claims by climate activists that they have forced all cultural institutions in Amsterdam to cut ties with oil companies, Shell has issued a statement confirming that it has withdrawn from the Concertgebouw, but for its own internal reasons.
Shell said it reviewed all ‘social and cultural partnerships’ at the beginning of the year and decided not to continue with the country’s flagship concert hall. ‘The Concertgebouw no longer fitted in there,’ said the oil company of its sponsorship portfolio.
The hall also confirmed that, contrary to the activist claims, the withdrawal was Shell’s decision and, from its perspective, regrettable. The Concertgebouw called it a unilateral decision by Shell. Director Simon Reinink admitted it was hard to lose a sponsor in these times, ‘but sponsors are constantly rethinking their sponsorship policy.’
UPDATE: The activists’ boast is posted uncritically and unprofesionally on a classical music occasional news site.