REGION Darina Daňková, jednatelka společnosti AKORD & POKLAD, s.r.o. a ředitelka Kulturního zařízení Ostrava-Jih, p.o.
The Akord House of Culture
Had, Has, and Always Will Have Its Own Magic and Soul In 2019 the Cultural and Social Centre Akord celebrates 60th anniversary. For all those years it has been presenting the most populous district of Ostrava with culture and entertainment and more. We discussed that and more with Mgr. Darina Daňková, Factor of AKORD & POKLAD, s.r.o., whose managerial skills were awarded a significant regional prize. The Akord is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. What can you offer the business world? Akord has gone through many changes over the last couple of years. It is no longer just a “House of Culture”. The building’s reconstruction and an incredible creative team have turned it into a modern cultural, congressional and educational center for the Ostrava metropole. Other than performances and concerts of famous artists, we also create our own programs. We work as an event agency, and so can draft a custom event for our clients from A to Z. We are a popular place for hosting balls, congresses, seminars and Christmas parties. Due to the fact that we have our own restaurant and hotel, we can provide complex services in the scope of a single facility. It might not be so visible at first sight, but Akord contains three halls, seven lounges, three classrooms, three exercise halls, and a restaurant, hotel, summer garden, and a technical center. Each client can therefore find exactly the type of environment needed for their event.
Akord’s first book publication was released this year, and you took part in its creation. Can you tell us about it? It is called “The Akord House of Culture--60 years of culture and arts”. The first part is dedicated to the architecture and development of not only Akord’s building, but also the square and housing around it, which were created and refined by the planners from the Jiří Kroha atelier. The second part concerns itself with local cultural events over the last sixty years. It also includes stories from people that witnessed different phases of Akord. I carried out very interesting interviews with them. Akord had, has, and always will have its own magic and soul. You received second place in the prestigious Lady Business of the Moraviansilesian region competition this year. What does this mean to you? It is a great honor for me, personally, but it also comes as praise for our entire team. I view it as an acknowledgement of my work for Ostrava over the years, as well as a commitment for further work.
How would you describe your role in Akord? I am an innovator, creator, and courier of change and vision. These aspects manifest themselves in all areas of my management work. Right from the start, my goal was to create a strong and solid cultural institution. This meant putting together a team of people that are creative, independent, competent and have an interest in sharing their ideas for the expansion of Akord. An overwhelming majority of my colleagues put their heart into what they do and work with lots of passion, regardless of how rigorous it might be. The status quo does not apply to us. Key coworkers know it is their job to come up with new projects and procedures. They know I am hard to please, yet Akord still radiates a friendly and open atmosphere. People working with us are happy, and their main motivation is not money, and that is important. Thank you for the interview. -editorialPOSITIV 4/2019 ǀ 43