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The 9th Czech Ukulele Festival will take place, yes it will!

Informace k hygienickým opatřením ohledně COVID-19:

Information on hygiene measures regarding COVID-19

— negative rapid test, not more than 72 hours old (confirmation or affidavit)

OR
— negative PCR test max. 7 days old (confirmation)

OR
— completed vaccination 14 days before the festival visit (national certificate)

OR
— person has undergone laboratory-confirmed covid-19 disease, the isolation period has elapsed and no more than 180 days have elapsed since the first positive test

Thank you for the responsibility you take with the restrictions.

FESTIVAL CHANGES

Dear friends of the ukulele festival.

Due to pandemic of COVID-19 and the constantly changing situation, we have had to make some last minute changes to our program. We were hoping that things would change in our favour, but not yet. It means that festival regulars Dead Mans Uke will not be able to come, nor will newcomers The Lava Birds and Raiz Lusa. Time and Jake from DMU and Raiz Lusa will be performing a live stream for us.

On the other hand, we have managed to secure Ukulayers from Germany to take the late slot on Saturday night, originally booked for last year, now they can come and you will not be disappointed. Other guests, who accepted our last-time invitation is fantastic Ukulollo from Italy and Cleo from Czech republic.

If you have already purchased workshops that are no longer available, we can either send you a refund or transfer you to a workshop of your choice.

Even though it is a difficult time to arrange an event such as these, we are sure that you will love the 9th Czech Ukulele Festival as you have loved the first 8 festivals.

Ben, Dan a Terka

We did manage to hold the festival in 2020, so we firmly believe that this year we will meet again at the Czech ukulele festival,, on a larger scale and with the the great variationwhich we usually achieve by inviting many performers from around the world. This year, we thank to the Flight Ukulelescompany, which supported us both financially and also with their unique ukuleles.

The 2021 festival will be concentrating on a colourful, cheerfull and accessible event, as everyone has hade a difficult and challenging 2020, we want to give everone something to smile about, to laugh and to dance while listening to great and varied music..

As regular festival goers know, we normally have a Friday Ukulele Day trip. This year we had planned to repeat a visit to Kutná Hora, however, we have decided, due to the Covid situation, to cancel the day trip this year, but 2022 will be back on.

On Saturday and Sunday the festival is held in the village of Únětice u Prahy, where there will be a full program of worskhops and concerts available for the attendees. Workshops will range from children´s and beginners to master classes of advanced techniques.

Since the first festival in August 2013, the Czech Ukulele festival has built a reputation of being the most inclusive and open festival of its kind in Europe, and arguably the most enjoyable in the world. We have striven to present performers and music ideas from as many parts of the world as possible and represent a wide range of age and social groups, with a special interest in promoting young players and encouraging children to play.

In 2021 we will be presenting as wide a range of genrees as possible, including the popular Czech rapper Xindl X (CZ), Nico’o (F), Dead Mans Uke (UK), Dani Usero (ES) , and many others.

To create a fantastic carnival atmosphere the crircus style performers will headline on the Sunday night: Barada Street.

Originally the ukulele was developed from Portuguese instruments, and with the help of the portuguese cultural centre we welcome a performance by Raiz Lusa from Portugal, who plays the traditional Portuguese instruments.

Held in the wonderful Únětice brewery , will also make sure that all hygiene requirements are adhered to. 

So come and enjoy the show.

INFO ohledně snídaně v hotelu U Lasíku
If you will be staying at the camp during the festival (Or anywhere else) and you want to have breakfast at U lasíku, please inform them in advance so that they can know approximately how many to expect. Please use ulasiku@seznam.cz

Program & performers

Workshops

Please note, that apart from the absolute beginners workshops, you will be expected to bring your own instrument to play at the workshops. 

Block 1  |  Saturday  10:30 – 11:30


1. Ondřej Šárek –
Czech folk music with classic or jazz harmony

In the workshop we will play familiar Czech folk tunes in various ukulele arrangements. Some in camponella style, others chord melody or polyphonics. In others we will use jazz harmonies.

The workshop is based on the book "Špalíček písní pro ukulele", about which you can ask the author.

Intermediate: 275,- CZK (In Czech)

2. Dani Usero (ES) – Harmonic applications of the pentatonic on the ukulele

In this workshop I will make a basic introduction in the pentatonic to the ukulele and how we can apply it harmonically to create different chords and improvise solos.

Medium advanced: 275,- CZK (In English)

Block 2  |  Saturday  11:45 – 12:45


1. Marcela Brožová – Absolute beginners for adults and children

Take the first steps to play the ukulele with Marcela. There will be some ukuleles available to borrow for this workshop.

Absolute beginners: 250 CZK (Czech / English)

2. Ondřej Šárek – Classical music for ukulele

In this workshop we play three well know classical pieces on the ukulele. Played in campanella style, chord melody or polyphonics. We will play Gaudeanus igitur or the song Růžička.

Gaudeamus igitur:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXU698V4-Fg

Ružíčka:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU2eY7uQeTY

And maybe even the Czech national anthem!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=QchjQ-h9Z74

The workshop is based on the book "Špalíček písní pro ukulele", about which you can ask the author.

Intermediate: 275,- CZK (In Czech)

3. Ukulollo (Lorenzo Vignando) 1 – Dobrodružství s protihlasy, aneb „Po krku nahoru a dolů“

Playing up and down the neck can be frightening, but after this workshop, it'll be a piece of cake!

Most of the time music works very well when something stands still while something else moves, in this case, we're gonna use our 4 strings like 4 different voices. Two strings will play a fixed chord while two other strings will sing harmonized melodies up and down the neck. This way your ukulele will simultaneously create a chord and 2 different voices, sounding very rich and fancy.

Every attendee will get 6 charts: the maps for their first adventures!

Medium advanced and advanced: 275,- CZK (In English)

Block 3  |  Sunday  11:00 – 12:00


1. Ukulollo  (Lorenzo Vignando) 2 – Redrawing songs into different styles

I often think at famous songs as painting and at the ukulele as a pencil. Covering a song with the ukulele means re-drawing that painting with a pencil. Before we do that we have to recognize what the very essence of the original song is.

We'll strip down any song picked by the attendees and suggest how to "redraw it" with our ukuleles according to the different personalities and styles of each uke player.

Advanced: 275,- CZK (English)

2. Nico’o (F) – How to play as Tahitian on Ukulele

We will play the tahitian song: Pahoho, and there is a traditional tahitian introduction in it and traditional transitions between chords 😊

Advanced: 275,- CZK (English)

3. Marcela Brožová – Absolute beginners for adults and children

Take the first steps to play the ukulele with Marcela. There will be some ukuleles available to borrow for this workshop.

Absolute beginners: 250 CZK (Czech / English)

Block 4  |  Sunday  12:15 – 13:15


1. Mirek Pátek - Thumbpick and fingerpicks on low G ukulele

This workshop will show the possibilities of right hand armed by three banjo fingerpicks in emulating the sound of guitar and banjo (think Take Me Home, Country Roads, guitar of Lester Flatt and banjo of Earl Scruggs). Our home key will be G major, from which we will depart to neighbour keys. We will start with simple pick-strum pattern with the thumbpick only, looking for the right notes for the walking bass line and for the melody picked on low strings. Then the fingerpick on the index finger will be added for more rhytmic patterns, finally the another fingerpick on the middle finger will enable us to enter the world of banjo picking. Extensive handouts will be provided. Fingerpicks will be available for purchase at the ukeshop.cz festival stand. For low G ukulele only.

Mirek Tim Pátek can offer his 20 years experience of fingerpicking the other four-string instrument - the tenor banjo. In 2009 and 2011 he led the fingerpicking workshops in the Banjo Festival in Longford, Ireland. In 2011-2014 he played the Irish-flavoured music on his tenor banjo in the band Jauvajs. Then he transplanted his banjo-picking hand to the low G ukulele.

Advanced: 275,- CZK (English)

2. Dani Usero (ES) – Introduction to the campanella style on the ukulele

In this workshop we will make an introduction to the campanella technique and its application in chords.

Advanced: 275,- CZK (English)

Songbook 2021

Download the Songbook

Tickets — pre-sale started

The tickets will be also available to buy at the festival, but we prefer online pre-sales, which are cheaper too.

One day ticket:: 400 CZK / discounted 300 CZK
Full weekend ticket:: 700 CZK / discounted 600 CZK
Family tickets – one day: 1.000 CZK / full weekend ticket: 1.600 CZK

Discounted tickets: The following are entitled to discounted admission: ZTP, ZTP / P, children up to 15 years (inclusive) and students with a student card.

Family ticketsvalid for 2 adults and 2 children up to 15 years old.

Ticket prices for workshops range between 250 CZK and CZK 275. See our Workshops.

Buy tickets

Contact Us

Festival director

Ben Anderson

ukefest@email.cz
+420 602 267 684

Press & marketing

Tereza Novotná

novot.terka@email.cz
+420 721 315 327

ICT production

Dan Šilhavý

ukulele@dansilhavy.eu
+420 608 731 222

The festival happens every year in Únětice village close to Prague. Únětickém pivovaru. The festival is being run under the auspices of the Society for the Renewal of Únětice Culture, a non-profit organisation, reg No. 68378939.

You can reach us also via Facebook..

How to get to the festival

Illustrated map of Únětice

Autem

Únětice is situated just outside of Prague and is a 15 minute drive from the airport.. If you are arriving by car from Prague, we recommend that you drive via Roztoky or Suchdol. From the airport or highway, we recommend to reach Únětice from the North. On the upper, northern side of Únětice there is plenty of available parking space, near the Sokolovna pub and in the housing development Svaty Jan above the pub. Please be considerate to the residents and do not block access to houses and garages.

Parking

Public transport

Public transport in Prague is usually easy and efficient.

Local bus timetable is available here..

The last bus from Únětice to Dejvická metro station leaves at 23.29. Make sure you don't miss it!

On the festival days, we will have extra public transport links available, especially the last buses to Horoměřice and Prague. If you are in accommodation in Suchdol, you can catch a 147 or 107 bus towards Prague and get off at Podbaba where you can catch the 355 to Horoměřice.

From Prague there is a bus line 355 going to Únětice.
Name of that bus station is Horoměřická.

Tickets

When travelling in Prague, you usually choose between 30 minutes ticket for 24 CZK and 90 minutes ticket for 32 CZK. You can buy tickets in all metro stations. Únětice are just outside of Prague and these tickets are not sufficient. You have basically two possibilities:

→ Buy a combined ticket for Prague and Únětice valid for 90 minutes for 40 CZK (recommended), or
→ With a valid Prague ticket, pay additional surcharge 12 CZK to the bus driver. Be careful about the ticket validity. The bus drive from Dejvická to Únětice takes approx. 22 minutes.

Keep your tickets with you as the fines are nasty.

Taxi

It is not advisable to catch a taxi on the street, call one, I normally use AAA taxis, their dispatching no. is: 14014 and they speak English. Companies such as Uber and Bolt work quite well in and around Prague. 14014.

Emergency numbers

Fire - 150
Medical Emergency (Ambulance/First Aid) - 155
Prague City Police - 156
Police - 158

Accommodation

There is limited accommodation available directly in the village, and most is reserved for the performers.

Camping

There will be a small basic camp site available in a garden close to the festival site, the camp site has a port-a-loo and a wash station but no showers. The exact location will be shown on the festival map.

Hotel Modrá Stodola

We have agreed excellent terms for festival goers at the Hotel Modrá Stodola. Modrá stodola v Horoměřicích. This village is just 2 km from where the festival takes place in Únětice and there is a direct bus link.

Penzion U Nováků

We can also recommend Penzion U Novákůover the hill in Roztoky. Unfortunatelly no direct bus, but a 40 minute walk from the festival or a short car ride.

Other local hotels:
Hotel Carl Inn – Suchdol
Pension Jasoň – Velké Přílepy

Budget variant

You can stay in the Czech University of Life Sciences Halls of Residence..
Of course, if you want to combine the festival with a stay in the beautiful city of Prague, there are hundreds of hotels throughout the city and the festival site is easily accessible by public transport. You can also choose Airbnb.

News & posts

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Sponsors

Media partners

Poděkování sponzorům

An event such as ours is not possible to put on without sponsorship from our partners. Whether they help financially or just donate something to the raffle. They are all valued partners and we say thank you.!

Main sponsors

Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic

Jsme hrdí, že jsme opět získali podporu Ministerstva kultury České republiky.

The Central Bohemian region

The administration the Central Bohemian Region has elected to partially financially support the festival

Kala Brand Music Co.

The Kala ukulele company from the USA through their distributor Warwick GmbH & Co. Music Equipment KG, has donated financial support for the 6th year in a row to encourage new players.

Únětický Pivovar – Brewery

The brewery has enthusiastically served as the host for the festival and also contributes food and drink for the performers, and have supported the project since its inception.

U Parlamentu

We would like to thank the owners of the restaurant U Parlamentu in Kaprova street, Prague 1 for their financial support for the third year running. When in the centre, a good place for a beer and a meal.

Mr Nick Kirke

We would like to thank Nick for his support for the first festival, without which it would not have been possible. He understood the true meaning of cultural support, a big heart and pure philanthropy.

Gendai

This local company headed by Mr. Jan Racz has provided every festival with  the stage gantry and lighting free of charge.

The Village of Únětice

We would like to thank the local authority for their support (and in some cases tolerance) of the project.

Aquila Corde

For the fourth year, our Italian friends will donate strings and an instrument to the raffle.

Mercatino dell´ Ukulele

Our Italian friends have for the fourth time donated two instruments to the festival raffle.

Ukeshop.cz

The only specialist ukulele outlet in the country has donated a couple of instruments to the raffle.

Risa Musical Instruments

Rick Sauer from Risa in Germany will be donating a couple of his Koki´o ukulelel to the raffle.

Brüko Ukuleles

Každoročně nám německý výrobce ukulelí daruje do tomboly ručně vyráběné ukulele.

Flight Ukuleles

Naši slovinští přátelé darovali pár ukulelí do tomboly.

Society for the Renewal of Únětice Culture

The local village cultural society is the umbrella association for the event.

Expats.cz and Howlings company

We truly thank Howlings company for the needed marketing support of the festival on the server Expats.cz.

Modrá Stodola

Our neighbours in the village of Horoměřice have supported the festival by giving favourable rates to players and the festival goers.