What is your long-term strategy for funding?
The basic rule of funding amounts to a diversity of sources; we don’t rely on a single source. Our funding comes from public budgets; we apply regularly for funding from city and region. This year is the first time we have money from the Ministry of Culture. Every year, there is a new source that helps us substantially. In the previous years, the budget used to total around 120.000-150.000 Kč. The main source, though, is the voluntary, relentless work of people.
At the same time, the city and the spa profit hugely from this festival. Because thanks to Vincent, even the young people who wouldn’t otherwise come, find their way here. That’s why we see a potential in Luhačovice – and, luckily, both the city and the spa are slowly starting to realize that.
A lot of support came from Lázně Luhačovice, which is a corporation that takes care of the spa area, and from the city of Luhačovice, too. Originally, we wanted to eliminate the difference between the city and the spa; our goal was to organize the festival in such a way that the spa guests would mingle with both residents and out-of-town guests. And it, actually, goes quite well.
Do you think that it is due to the fact that Lázně as a corporation is capable of seeing more clearly even the long-term commercial potential that could come out of the collaboration?
It’s all about the people, really, and with its 5000 residents, Luhačovice is actually a village, so I guess a measure of parochialism is in order. We don’t blame them for not being able to understand what we do. But it needs to be said that in many things the city is very accommodating and there is a few those who has been rooting for us since the beginning. We knew from the very start we are in for a long haul.