ISTA present...

Bahrain MS

March 16 - March 18, 2018

Booking Closed

Using Bahrain’s pearl industry to explore the question “What do we consider valuable?”


The pearl adventures

Starting Point

What do we consider valuable? What do we consider beautiful? What are we looking for? Bahrain is famous for pearl fishing and Bahrain, apparently, produces some of the best pearls in the world. This festival focuses on the pearl trade and how something that is formed from a piece of dirt can become as precious and beautiful. We inquire into ideas of value, the price we’re prepared to pay for what we want and what we’d do to get it.

Out & About

A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site The Pearl Trail.

ISTA Event Coordinator

Kate Friend


St Christopher’s School
Building 115, Road 4109
Isa Town, Block 841
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 1760 5050

School website

Important Information

The festival starts at 8:00am on Friday 16th March 2018 and finishes at 4:00pm on Sunday 18th March 2018.
Visiting schools
Registration opens 12th January 2018.
Registration closes 26th January 2018.
Please note:
We advise that you have your group confirmed and all information collected prior to 20th January 2018. Before the December holidays if needed.
Travel information will be required as part of the registration process this year. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window closes.
All schools will need to arrive at St. Christopher’s on Thursday 15th March 2018 by 5:00pm. Visiting schools may leave the school after the close of the festival at 4:00pm on Sunday 18th March 2018.
ISTA artists
ISTA artists will need to arrive on Wednesday 14th February 2018 in time for an evening meal and may leave the school on Sunday after 4:30pm. Please arrange flights accordingly.
The ISTA Rep will arrive into the Kingdom of Bahrain by Tuesday evening 13th February 2018 to spend Wednesday in school with the host.
Artist travel information is required by 26th January 2018.


Students/intern ensemble leaders (IELs)
Registration fees

£206.00 per student – member schools.
£186.60 per student – Global Patron schools.
£157.50 per student – host school (first 25 students) and £206.00 thereafter.
Please note:
Registration fees include the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

£10.00 airport transfers.
£10.00 out and about.

ISTA has booked a central hotel for all overseas participants and ISTA artists.
Cost for a single occupancy room is 31.20 BHD per night (approximately £63.00).
Cost for a double occupancy room is 39.00 BHD per night (approximately £79.00)
Price includes breakfast, Wi-Fi and all service charges.
Students will be in shared rooms; adults in single rooms.

Total per student
£226.00 for member schools plus accommodation.
£206.60 for GP schools plus accommodation.
£167.50 for host school students.

£42.00 member schools registration fee.
£97.00 non-member schools registration fee.
£10.00 airport transfers.
£10.00 out and about.
£12.00 ISTA t-shirt (optional).

Total per teacher/chaperone
Teachers from member schools – £74.00 plus accommodation.
Teachers from non-member schools – £129.00 plus accommodation.

Please note:
1. A £500.00 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit will be invoiced upon booking.
2. A £500.00 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 £150.00 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

Visiting schools
All schools are responsible for booking their own travel and visas for the festival.
Overseas schools should fly into Bahrain International Airport.
All schools will be collected by private transport and taken to the school on arrival. Transport will also be provided at the end of the festival. The journey from the airport to school is approximately 30 minutes.
ISTA artists
ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to the festival and this year will use our new travel agency for this. Artist teams will be activated 12 weeks prior to the festival and your EC will talk you through the new process for booking flights at the time of activation.

ISTA artists will be met at the airport and transported by private transport from the airport to the hotel.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter the Kingdom of Bahrain.

During the festival
Visiting schools and ISTA artists will be transported to and from the hotel by private buses.

For the out and about
Private buses will be provided for the cultural experience.


All teachers/chaperones and ISTA artists will stay at the following hotel:
Ibis Seef Hotel Bahrain, I Bldg. 456, Road 1010, Sanabis 410, Manama, Bahrain
Tel: + 973 1738 6020
Hotel website

Visiting schools                                                                                                                                                    Will be invoiced for accommodation at the time of registration.
Will be booked into the hotel for 3 nights from 15th March 2018.
Students will stay in shared rooms; teachers/chaperones in single rooms.
Please note:
As the festival is a hotel model festival as opposed to homestay it is ISTA’s expectation that teachers/chaperones will be responsible for students outside of scheduled festival times.

ISTA artists
ISTA will book and pay for single room accommodation for the nights of the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th March 2018.
The Rep will be booked in for an additional night (13th February 2018).
Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay at the hotel.


For visiting schools and ISTA artists breakfasts will be taken at the hotel. Lunch and dinner daily will be provided by the host school.


Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 16 March at 08:00
Finishes on Sunday 18 March at 16:00


St Christopher’s School
Building 115, Road 4109
Isa Town, Block 841
Kingdom of Bahrain
Tel: +973 1760 5050


• ABA – an IB World School
• British International School Riyadh
• Cranleigh Abu Dhabi
• Dhahran British Grammar School in Saudi Arabia
• St Christopher’s School Bahrain
• The British School, New Delhi


• Claudia Kennedy
• Emily Jane Grant
• Emmy Abrahamson
• Helen Abbott
• James Copp