Already thousands of years ago, people knew quite a bit about festivals and celebrations. Longer celebrations were mostly dedicated to deities and their ability to give people fruit, water, or love. For good luck, one could even consecrate a deity or character in hope that he or she would throw a lightning bolt at an enemy. Thus, it seems that the nature of the festival was quite pragmatic, but it also has another side.
Namely, such events also have the ability to unite, both classes and races, as well as just the young and the old. Yet, big festivals have to be prepared. It is necessary to find a place for the festival and the people who would decorate the place, and here I am not just thinking about visitors and admirers of Dionysos. For example, it is worth noting that the main organizer of the festival bears the main burden, which is finding people around him/her. However, if in ancient Greece one could use one’s servants for this, today it is done from a slightly different angle: you have to ask, negotiate, offer, condition, find common ground, connect. And here it’s again worth mentioning the fact that one good festival requires very good organization and this in turn requires an even better team.
The first big thing that comes up in the air like a pink elephant is what we decide to celebrate: calendars around the world are after all filled with all them Johns and Peters etc. In short, there is always a reason, but finding a good reason already seems to be a task for a very good team. Secondly, what is the experience going to be like? Is it a giant paper dragon sizzling between the streets, or it's just a golden sunset or a special performer (such as the Red Hot Tommy Cash Country Experience feat. Bono :D)? From here, however, we come to the third aspect, which is, after all, the most time- and effort-intensive: we have to build the stages, bring the technology, and light the place. Then the festival area or location could reflect its nature, be it oak trees lit by lights or seating made from tree trunks. And if you have come this far, you have to push it to the end: exciting solutions for shelters, in case a deity feels offended and makes it rain. Or an opportunity to have a last glance back at the forest road leading you home and see the last single disco ball sparkling back in the rearview mirror illuminating the road.
While considering such aspects from our more of an traditional attack angle, we have been organizing Trad.Fest besides our other responsibilities for four years now, and its special feature is that the guest does not know (except for a team of dozens) what the above mentioned aspects of the experience will be like. But the guest knows that we put our 110% into everything we do and there are many times more of us in the festival management team than on stage. In short: #FESTIVALVIBES