2015 – Turning point in the S.U.N. story
It was the first year that a non-profit foundation managed the summer event. The visitors number was limited to 1 thousand people. Many of the promoted artists and program elements were cancelled to escape the disaster. In the hard situation the production company pulled out, and only a handful of people remained on the land.
Then others arrived to help in the big trouble, and finally the gathering was organized by a small group of devoted people. Finances were collected by crowd-funding or via other personal donations.
Nearly € 100.000 revenue was received out from the 1023 sold memberships, which amount could almost entirely cover the costs of the mini-festival. The small number of visitors made it very hard to manage the costs, so 17 thousand euro remained at the end, that we started to pay out from loans and membership upgrades. Finally the total annual costs reached € 116.000.
We will always be grateful to the artists and participants who came for free!!!.
The ‘Solar United Natives’ trademark was registered to avoid what had happened with the S.U.N. Festival name. Then it was donated to the foundations, whom gave it back to the festival community. The original idea of a community festival will never be exposed again to dirty tricks of competitors, or anyone else’s egoistic intentions.
The S.U.N. was reborn again.
It’s more beautiful, then ever, although it is small. But everything starts to grow from small…. And not the size but the quality matters. Thank You for this magical new beginning!
Financial chart for 2015
2016 – Dreaming big
With 3 times more people expected to come our budget gone much further than we could afford, which could even terminate our foundation. With the help of the community and the family by the end of the year we could pay out the bills, and continue…
Improvements in 2016
- free non-stop festival shuttle bus service operating in the local area,
- new stage and art gallery dedicated to the members,
- more facilities, more compost toilets, drinking water system
- free biodegradable organic soap in the showers
- tourist tax included for your whole stay!