Like I’ve said before, I think it could be a good fit for Blivande. However, I see some possible hurdles, mostly related to money. Talking about money is uncomfortable in our circles, but when running a huge project like Blivande, you can’t avoid the subject. My strategy is usually to just lay all the numbers out on the table and make our needs clear.
Our fixed monthly costs are 140.000 SEK. That does not include any salaries for us running the space, but once we break even we also need to start paying ourselves. One important source of income is events. Since the Node rents the space Monday to Thursday night, every other Saturday and every Sunday, we only have one or two nights a week to get event income for Blivande.
When we rent the space out for parties, our standard price is 15.000 per night to rent all three rooms. Sometimes we cut deals for friends and community members, or only rent out part of the space, bringing the price down. We have pretty much stopped taking the risk of profit sharing events, and made it clear to organizers that we need to be paid regardless of the profitability of the event. Running events takes physical and mental a toll on our health and wellbeing, as we (almost exclusively @hampus and @Linnea at this point) have to be in the house all night and usually have to do quite a lot of cleaning, even when the organizers clean there is usually some more work to be done to get the space ready for co-working the following day.
These ceremonies are different in that we don’t need to work as much, and that’s good. They also only use a single room, which makes them easier to run. However, since they need peace and quiet it restricts what we can do in the other rooms at the same time. We’re still in early days, and we’re not fully booked on Fridays, so this might be a way to have a more diverse range of activities happening in the evenings under the Blivande banner. I could envision us doing a trial run once, with a profit-sharing model, to see how it works. This decision lies more with @hampus and @Linnea though, as they are more in charge of the events than I am.
If we were to run this as a reoccurring event, I think we would need to aim for these events generating 5000 SEK per night for Blivande. I’m not sure what participants are usually charged, but now that you know what our needs and constraints are, perhaps you’re able to see if you think it would be possible under these conditions?