ISTA present...

Amsterdam HS festival

November 15 - November 18, 2018

Wait List


Picture this

Starting Point

At this festival we will explore images and their power to give us insights into the human condition, to inspire reflection and to convey messages and meanings.

Out & About

The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk.


Artistic, Cultural, Personal.

ISTA Event Coordinator



International School of Amsterdam
Sportlaan 45
1185 TB Amstelveen

Tel: +31 20 347 1111

Host school website

Important Information

This is a bonsai festival.
The festival starts at 4:00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018 and finishes at 12:30pm on Sunday 18th November 2018.

Visiting schools
Registration opens 13th September 2018.
Registration closes 27th September 2018.
Please note:
We advise that you have your group confirmed and all information collected prior to 13th September 2018 .
Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window closes.
All schools will need to be at the International School of Amsterdam in time for a 4:00pm start on Thursday 15th November 2018 and may leave the school after the close at 12:30pm on Sunday 18th Novemer 2018. Please arrange international travel accordingly.

ISTA artists
ISTA artists will need to arrive on Wednesday 14th November 2018 in time for an evening meal and may leave the school on Sunday after 1:00pm. Please arrange flights accordingly.
The ISTA Rep will arrive into Amsterdam by Tuesday evening 13th November 2018 to spend Wednesday in school with the host.
Artist travel information is required by 27th September 2018.


Registration fees
GBP £206 per student.
This includes the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

GBP £10 airport transfers.
GBP £10 out and about.

Total per student
GBP £226 members, GBP £216 host.

GBP £50 – visiting member schools, towards catering etc.
GBP £97 – visiting non-member schools registration fee (includes meals at school).
GBP £10 airport transfers.
GBP £10 out and about.

GBP £12 ISTA t-shirt (optional).

Total per teacher/chaperone
GBP £82 members.
GBP £129 non-members.

Please note:
1. A GBP £500 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit will be invoiced upon booking.
2. A GBP £500 cancellation fee will be invoiced to any school cancelling within 12 weeks from the start of the festival, in addition to the deposit withheld.
3. A GBP £150 late registration fee per school booking will be invoiced to schools if the registrations are received after the registration window has closed.
4. All invoices are payable within 28 days of receipt. If not, places cannot be guaranteed at the festival.

Travel & Visas

All participants will fly into Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Visiting schools
All schools are responsible for booking their own travel and visas for the festival.
ISTA artists
ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to the festival and will use our travel agency for this. Artist teams will be activated 12 weeks prior to the festival and your EC will talk you through the process for booking flights at the time of activation.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter The Netherlands.


ISTA will book a hotel for visiting teachers and ISTA artists, close to the school.

Visiting schools
Single rooms will be booked for visiting teachers and chaperones for 3 nights from the 15th November 2018.
We work on a price range of approximately GBP£95 per person per night, including breakfast.
Visiting schools will be responsible for paying for rooms upon arrival. We can make provision for schools to pay hotel bills ahead of time.

Students will stay with host families.
There will be no charge for accommodation.
Housing will be offered for three nights from the 15th November 2018.

ISTA artists
Single rooms will be booked for ISTA artists for 4 nights from the 14th November 2018.
An additional night will be booked for the Rep who will arrive on the 13th November 2018.
Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay at the hotel.


Visiting schools
Breakfast – for visiting teachers at the hotel, for visiting students with host families.
Lunches daily provided by the host school (does not include Sunday).
Dinner – 2 evening meals provided; 3rd evening meal is the social meal for visiting teachers/chaperones and will be taken with host families for students.

ISTA artists
All meals will be provided by the host school.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 15 November at 16:00
Finishes on Sunday 18 November at 12:30


International School of Amsterdam
Sportlaan 45
1185 TB Amstelveen


• Cevre College (Nat)
• International School Dusseldorf
• International School of Amsterdam
• International School of Toulouse
• International School of Ulm/Neu-Ulm
• King Alfred School


• Awelani Moyo
• Greg Ruhe
• Romeo Bryant
• Will Kerley