DK Akord – vizualizace
Do you know that feeling, when you enter a building and you feel really good there? That it pulses with positive energy, that you find yourself in a place where many stories have unfolded? And that you want to add your own to them? Or do you instead remember situations that you have already experienced there? We are talking about the culture centres in Ostrava-Zábřeh and Ostrava-Poruba, which have a 60-year history and have become modern cultural institutions with the evocative names Akord and Poklad. We asked the managing director of AKORD & POKLAD, Darina Daňková, what was happening there.
Darina Daňková, Jednatelka společnosti AKORD & POKLAD | Managing directorof AKORD & POKLAD
Recently we talked about all your plans for this year. How are your plans coming along?
I strongly believe that covid restrictions are a thing of the past. All the big projects are already behind us or they are in the final stages of preparation. The phenomenal Folkový kolotoč (Folk Carousel), the food festival Velká žranice (Big Blow-Out), the charity bike ride Cyklosvětluška, the regional round of competitions Miss Babča (Miss Granny) and Štramák roku (Dandy of the Year), three versions of the new theatre subscription or the extraordinary project InspiroHub. And there is much more.
Akord offers one of the largest venues in Ostrava. What types of events can you accommodate there?
The large congress hall is multifunctional for different events. A tiered auditorium is discreetly hidden beneath the balcony and can be slid out when theatre performances, concerts or graduations are being held in the hall. If we need a dance floor then all we have to do is adjust the hall accordingly. The capacity is 520 seats for theatrical performances and for balls or corporate parties, up to 300 people can be accommodated. Zdeněk Chlopčík‘s dance lessons have been held here for many years. I was recently approached at the front desk by an elderly woman. She told me how much Akord has changed over time. She told me that she used to come to Akord as a student, that her daughter had her wedding there, that they celebrated her husband‘s jubilee there, and now she is attending children‘s events with her granddaughter. I‘m very pleased to hear about such an experience.
Can we find a similar space in Poruba’s Poklad?
Poklad has a theatre hall with a capacity of 400 seats and it has a smaller ballroom, which is used for balls or corporate parties. The separate theatre hall has a great advantage because its layout adds a certain refinement to the performances. After a successful renovation, Poklad attracts many business clients with its modern style and furnishings. For example, the Moravian-Silesian Region and city of Ostrava, Cross Roads and Ostrava Universities all organise social and cultural activities here. Looking at the bookings and reservation system, all the dates in the large halls of Akord and Poklad are filling up fast this year. It is clear that people have a need to see each other in person and want to hold events in these types of facilities.
Does it happen that all the spaces are filled up at once?
It‘s not an exceptional case. In Akord, 5 different business clients can meet in different rooms and lounges on the same day. It‘s also not uncommon for one client to use multiple rooms at the same time. For example, the Association of Integrative Coaches has been holding its two-day conferences for several years in the Music Hall, three lounges, the Akord Club, while the attendees use the hotel. Poklad usually tends to be filled entirely by one organiser. For example, HRko‘s fall conference will be held in the theatre and ballroom, the small stage and the lounges. Our restaurants provide food services for all events in both buildings. We offer a comprehensive service under one roof that is implemented by a professional team working from the heart, and I think that it can be seen in our work.
Thank you very much for the interview,Mrs Daňková.