FAQ

Find answers to your questions here (updated quite often)!

THE PLACE

Where is Monopoli?

In southern Italy, Apulia. Almost in the middle of it 🙂

How do I get there?

Getting to Monopoli is quite easy!
The railway station (fifteen minutes walk to the fest venues) is connected to Bari Centrale with a fast and cheap train leaving twice a hour.
You can get to Bari by train, with direct flights from a lot of european cities (and with a connecting flight almost from everywhere in the world).
Getting from the airport to the railway station is fast and easy too (by train, bus or taxi) and of course you can rent a car at the airport, at the railway station or in Monopoli city center to explore the surroundings.
If you’re driving to Monopoli, you’ll get to Bari by toll-motorway and then it’s a forty minutes drive on a free motorway.
Οι Έλληνες φίλοι μπορούν να ταξιδέψουν με πλοίο από Ηγουμενίτσα ή Πάτρα!

Is it worth visiting?

Definitely yes! The city in itself is amazing and there are plenty of beautiful places to explore in the surrounding area as well. Start visiting here .

How can I spend my time there?

We are organizing experiences to make your stay a delight. Come back soon.

THE INSTRUMENT

Ukulele? What the heck an ukulele is?

According to wikipedia “The ukulele (/ˌjuːkəˈleɪli/ YOO-kə-LAY-lee; from Hawaiian: ʻukulele [ˈʔukuˈlɛlɛ], approximately OO-koo-LEH-leh) is a member of the lute family of instruments of Portuguese origin and popularized in Hawaii. It generally employs four nylon strings.
The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.
The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawaii, where its name roughly translates as “jumping flea”,[4] perhaps because of the movement of the player’s fingers.”

According to us, the ukulele is a small, affordable (in almost every sense of the word) instrument you will start loving in seconds.

Is it really easy to learn?

You can grab the very basics in a couple of hours! That’s why we are offering two hours of getting started free lessons for everybody during the fest!
(of course a lifetime will not be enough to become a maestro)

THE FESTIVAL

Are the concerts free?

Yup. The three evening concerts and the sunset concert at San Pietro church, the open-mic, the jam sessions and the basic ukulele lessons are absolutely free and without an entrance ticket!

Which are the opening hours of the Info Point – Sala dei Pescatori?

The Sala dei Pescatori is open from 10am to 8pm. Come and visit us to learn how to play the ukulele, for any information, to make a donation (yes, you can donate again!), For workshops and to book your walking tour or by bike!

how-to for free lessons?

There are two free lessons on Friday at 12 noon and Saturday at 12 noon. However, you can drop-in at any other time at the Info Point for a little free introduction to the instrument

How do the jam sessions work?

Starting at 11pm (for a couple of hours at the most) we will meet in front of the Mezzopieno bar in the area of Cala Porta Vecchia to play joyfully together. Bring your uke!

Where’s the Sunset Concerto?

The extraordinary classical music concert for ukulele and Renaissance guitar is at the Chiesa di San Pietro at 6.30pm sat. 29th. Come earlier: it will start sharp.

How do the open-mic and sing-along work?

The open-mic is reserved for musicians booked at www.monopolele.com/open-mic . At the moment the list is complete but you can still register and be placed on the waiting list. The sing-along is open to the public. Just bring your uke and be part of the final ensemble!

Where do the workshops take place, how can they be booked and how much do they cost?

The workshops will be held in the beautiful Sala d’Armi of the Carlo V Castle. They can be booked at www.monopolele.com/workshop or at the infopoint. and paid cash or with credit cards. Each workshop costs 10 euro. It is possible to attend the workshops without an instrument at a cost of 5 euro.

How can I book the tours on foot and by bike?

The walking and cycling tours are reserved to crowdfunders (you can still donate at the infopoint). The donation for the walking tour is 35 euros, the donation for the bike ride is 60 euros . Anyone who has already made a donation can donate again for a tour on foot or by bike, receiving a second one for free

Is the line-up complete?

Yes. We are starting considering proposals for Monopolele 2023.

Really, is the line-up complete?

Yes. But you could anyhow play on the closing evening concert partecipating to our contest

What’s MonopoleleContest?

Share a video with your performance on our social media channels (tag @MonopoleleFest on instagram or facebook with hashtag #MonopoleleContest) and be selected as the opening set of our sunday evening concert. Easy and fun!

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