Hi everyone, here is most, if not all the practical information about Lote3, finally in one place: to read, print out and take with you as you travel (see .pdf version below). Big thanks to Rita Pacheco, Rita O, Ilaria, Dorotea and the hosting team contributing. See you next week and travel safe!!
- Getting to Matera
- While in Matera: meeting point & hot spots
- Conference: schedule and organisation
- Letter from the welcoming team
Getting to Matera
The closest airport is Bari Palese (1 hour). Buses run from the airport to the Matera city centre (Piazza Matteotti) for only €4.
Matera is not linked to the national railway. The closest you can get by train is to Bari Central Station, and then take the trains of the Ferrovia Appulo-Lucana (FAL). The FAL run regular trains, every 1 and a half hours, ticket is 4€. They take about 90 minutes to Matera and don’t run on Sundays, when they are replaced by some buses leaving from behind the railway station. Another option is to go through Potenza and Ferrandina on national railroad, but from Ferrandina you will have to hitch hike.
Marozzi runs daily buses to and from Rome (32,50€, every 6,5h), Siena, Pisa and Florence. Booking in advance is essential.
Sita links Matera to Taranto, Metaponto and other small towns of the province.
Marino links Matera to Milan, Bologna, Naples, and many foreign cities.
Local bus Bari - Matera
Leaving from Bari Via Turati Mater Dei and arriving in Matera Piazza Matteotti. NB: no overnight buses, the earliest leaves Bari at 6:15 am and latest at 7 or 8 pm! Check detailed timetables here
If you still haven’t found a way and need help, ask fellow LOTErs in our travel wiki.
The deals we have crafted with local b&bs were secured as long as other reservations didn’t come up. It’s last minute and it will be a holiday weekend in Matera, so we can no longer vouch for them. We do have a 20eur discount with Airbnb, or some may be still looking to share apartments. Check the accommodation wiki for updates
While in Matera
Conference venue & meeting point: the unMonastery
GPS coordinates: 40.668719, 16.610585
TRAIN (Matera Centrale station) & BUS stop - Piazza Matteotti
unMonastery - Located in Palazzo del Casale, Rioni Sassi
Casa Netural cowork space located right beside Matera Cathedral - Piazza Duomo
Pasta Party Wednesday Oct 30th, starts at 15:00 - Porta de Pistola
Meet up with early arrivers: starting Monday October 28th the hosting team will be on location: Rita Orlando, Håvard, Noemi, Ksenya, Dorotea, Rita Pacheco, among others. If you’re also arriving early feel free to drop by the unMonastery and say hello.
Food & drinks
Matera is rather small and most coffee shops or dining places are at walking distance. There is also a café bar right across the street from the conference venue.
* Locals recommend: Vicolo Cieco, via Fiorentini 74.
* Vegetarian & Vegan food: Pianeta Verde, via Rosario 73.
Important! Due to very limited funding, unfortunately meals cannot be provided at Lote (except at the Pasta Party - see below). You can bring in your own food every day at the venue, or be prepared to buy snacks or lunch from nearby. We will be dining together a lot, and sharing food!
Many cafes in the Sassi and the center of Matera offer free wi-fi – they are run by smart people, so they put up signs saying clearly so to attract punters. If you have a smartphone, this app for all main mobile OSs taps into a citizen-generated database with tens of thousands of wi-fi hotspots all over Italy.
Getting a local SIM card
Apparently all operators are ok (Tim, Wind, Vodafone and La3).
You can get a card in a shop such as Gaudiano in Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
Autumn in the area is quite warm, but humidity is high. Average temperature around 12-15 °C. Take at least a wool sweater.
Program in English (most up to date, subject to changes): /t/lote3/312/program
Opening - Massive Pasta Party
Wednesday Oct 30th, starts at 15:00.
NEW! Opening ceremony at 18.00, on the Pasta Party site. We take a break from food preparation to meet the people that acted as LOTE3’s Matera home base: Paolo, Rossella, Claudia, Raffaella and the rest of the fine folks at Comitato Matera 2019.
Where? Santa Lucia al Convento, address is Porta Pistola.
Everyone is invited & it’s free of charge.
From Thursday 31 Oct until Sunday 3 Nov: from 9:00 to 18:00
If you want to attend the early morning yoga make sure you arrive at 7:30; unless otherwise announced, the yoga practice will also take place at unMonastery.
Track 1: upSkilling for Change & Track 2: Building the unMonastery
Thursday & Friday: they run in parallel, according to the schedule. Rooms to be announced on site.
Track 3: The unConference on the Edge
Saturday & Sunday: apart from the sessions already proposed, you will also be able to put forward new ones on the spot. OR:
Consider 4 minute mini-workshops: done ad hoc, one-to-one, or to a small group of 4 or 5. In addition to the usual sessions, you can lead a mini workshop and benefit from exposing any wild thoughts, ideas, projects you have to fellow LOTErs. We will be scheduling everything together there and then.
Documenting sessions & sharing Lote with the world
Keep in mind that we can’t attend every session, there are parallel tracks and even more simultaneous sessions over the weekend. We tend to take notes anyway, but it would be great if we didn’t keep them to ourselves. Do use the documentation templates and forms you’ll be handed, or simply post summaries (text, video, mind maps etc) on edgeryders.eu, so we can continue the conversation & anchor future projects in it!
WiFi at unMonastery
Best efforts are made to make it available, but be prepared for a sensitive connection and bear with us, we will be over 100 people! Please be considerate to your fellow Edgeryders, and observe these simple steps:
- connect no more than one device per person
- avoid bandwidth intensive usages, like video
- if you have a smartphone with an Italian data plan, don't use it as a hotspot without checking with [Matthias]. Your phone's wi-fi could interfere with the LOTE3 official network, and make the experience worse for others.
Hashtag for social media: #LOTE3
If you’ll be tweeting or sharing live updates from the event be sure to use the hashtag so everyone can see your message, or question. For pinging fellow LOTErs check out the growing list with everyone’s twitter handle, or subscribe to it.
Archiving & coverage
Feel free to set up & let us know of additional tools to keep track of everything that will happen at Lote and the buzz!
FAQs about Matera (add your own question)
Ilaria d’Auria: +39 338 664 99 93
Rita Orlando: +39 333 272 10 62
Letter from the welcoming team
Honourable unPompous Host Committee deepest wishes for all arrivees.
Unlike previous gatherings under the Living-on-the-Edge brand name, this one is unsubsidised. We will be meeting new organic challenges of both practical and spiritual nature. Beds are not automatically available, food shall not arrive miraculously on our plates. In fact, we shan’t necessarily have plates. […]
As an additional challenge to help tweak participation: the host team respectfully encourages everyone to prepare themselves as workshop leadership with a ‘mini’ 4 minute workshop that we can exchange in small groups as small as one-on-one. Workshop themes can be as wide as possible, either in or outside the thematic realm of the unMO and the 46 actions of community service. A separate posting that further unpacks the possibilities in this suggestion will soon be available.