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Bali HS Deep Dive into Balinese Theatre

March 20 - March 23, 2025

Variations on The Ramayana

The space between people and cultures: Understanding and bridging cultural differences, fostering empathy, and promoting inter/cross cultural dialogue.

Deep Dive into Balinese Theatre and the epic story of the Ramayana. Meet us in Ubud and indulge your senses in Balinese culture. You will take part in a variety of workshops led by master teachers and some of the top artists on the island and see two traditional performances. Your ensemble will put your newly acquired skills and knowledge to work in creating an original piece of work to share with the community.

The cultural experience includes visiting Rangki Puri, a Balinese mask maker and Wayang Kulit puppeteer. Performances will include,  Kecek, Wayang Kulit and a surprise on the final evening.

Event Manager: Emily Grant

What is an ISTA Deep Dive?

ISTA Deep Dive Festivals

Deep Dives are 2-3 day opportunities for educators learners to delve deeply into a particular, focussed area of theatre or performance. Led by experts and in collaboration with specialist organisations these experiences will offer new insights and a deeper understanding of key areas of interest. Learners will benefit from exposure to and experimentation with specific practices, practitioners, theories and approaches that will be useful and practical additions to their theatre maker toolkits.

What learners and educators are saying
“The passion our students developed for theatre, how life changing this experience was for our students. Parents have emailed us about it, our director has gotten in touch – just such an amazing positive experience. Bringing a younger group, with three 9th graders and five 10th graders to what was an unknown beast in a Deep Dive Festival; seeing our kids rise to the challenge and just fall in love with theatre making, was special. The number of students who came out of this festival talking about how excited they were about going into IB Theatre, asking us how they could do that… absolutely outstanding.”
Educator – ISTA Deep Dive  into Tradition, Theory and Theatre Making, October 2023

“My favourite part was showing all our work and efforts to the audience and sending a strong message of the lack of freedom in our lives using different art forms, it was so fun and collaborative and I loved using the stage and performing at my very best . I really enjoyed meeting people similar to me and getting to know different people and cultures from around the world. The best parts of the festival were getting to explore different art forms with as much creative freedom as we wanted because it allowed us to get more comfortable with this sort of creative process. The amount of time we spent with different schools; I would have loved to be able to meet even more people. I gained friends, experience and lots of fun from this experience.”
Learner – ISTA Festival 2022

ISTA festivals
Our Festivals give young people an immersive theatre experience over several days in exciting cities and locations across the world. Festivals are built on story-based inquiry and provide participants with the skills and experience needed to explore theatre collaboratively and develop themselves as global learners.

At ISTA we use stories to share, explore, create and present stories of who we are and of our world. We believe sharing stories from particular settings and cultures is a powerful approach to global learning. Story also provides a concrete focus for young people and artist’s creative work.

Equally weighted so that everyone has the same opportunities – ISTA festivals are the best way for young people to learn about theatre, themselves and each other.

Click here to download the Benefits of attending an ISTA Festival

Important booking and registration information


NEW Event Terms and Conditions
We have made some significant changes to our Event Terms and Conditions for 2024-2025
Please read updated Terms & Conditions before submitting your booking.


Booking – NEW DEPOSIT PROCESS 2024-2025
Upon submitting your booking you will be issued an invoice for a 50% deposit based on the registration fees for the initial number of students you intend to bring. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, serving to confirm your reservation for the event. Full confirmation of your places will be granted upon receipt of the deposit payment within a 30-day period.

To prevent significant decreases in total event numbers when registration is completed PLEASE only book the number of spaces you are certain you can fill.

See FEES section below for more detailed information on fees.


Registration
Registration opens Monday 15 April 2024 9:00am GMT
All information must be submitted by Friday 10 January 2025 at 11:59pm GMT

Important Notes about Registration:
We appreciate that some schools will already have confirmed students so please register your group as soon as possible from this date onwards
All registrations must be submitted by Friday 10 January 2025 to allow for finalising the artist team, T-shirt orders, catering, transportation, theatre tickets etc. ahead of the event.
Please see this document for the information required to complete registration.
Travel information is required as part of the registration process.

It is important to note that if the actual number of students attending the event is less than the number initially booked, the deposit paid for those students who do not attend will be forfeited. For example, if your school initially books 15 students and pays the corresponding deposit, but later only 10 students are registered for the event, the deposit for the 5 students who do not attend will not be refunded. Conversely, if you increase the number of students attending, you will be invoiced for an additional 50% deposit per new student added to your group.

 

Waitlist Proceedures

Once the maximum number of bookings has been reached the event will display “Waitlist”.

If this happens please email the Event Manager and ask to be added to the waiting list providing the number of students and teachers you wish to reserve in your email.

Event Managers will monitor actual registration numbers as they come in and contact organisations on the waitlist (in the order requests were received) to offer any places that become available.

Travel & Visas


Particpating schools are responsible for arranging and booking their own travel to Bali.

Booking Travel
All participants will fly into Denpasar International Airport (DPS), also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The journey from the airport to the venue can take anywhere from one to two hours depending on traffic.

Arrival
Participants should arrive in Bali by 1:00pm Thursday, 20 March 2025. Busses will be arranged to transport participants to the hotel in Ubud.

Departure
Participants should not plan to leave the venue until after 2:00pm on Sunday, 23 March 2025. Buses will be arranged to transport participants to the airport.

Please book travel accordingly to allow for ample time to travel to and from the airport. Traffic can be unpredictable in Bali.

Please note: If participants choose to arrive in Bali before 20 March and stay in Ubud after 23 March, they will be responsible for arranging their own transporation between the airport and Ubud.


Visas
It is the responsibility of the schools/participants to ensure they have the appropriate visas, as required.

Please ensure that you start looking into visa requirements sooner rather than later as the process can take a significant amount of time.

If you require assistance or additional documentation to support your visa applications please ensure to contact the event manager well in advance.


IMPORTANT:
ISTA business days are Monday to Friday and we endeavour to reply to all emails within 3 business days.

ISTA staff are not able to monitor emails over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or on holidays.

If a staff member is away from their desk working an event, a response may take longer than normal.

Fees & Payment Information

Deep Dive Registration Fees:
Student Learners:
Member Organisations: GBP £300.00
Non-member Organisations: GBP £350.00

Educator Chaperones
Members: GBP £225.00
Non-members: GBP £300.00

N.B All Fees include a T-Shirt

SURCHARGES:

  • Airport pick-up/drop off: GBP £15.00
  • Cultural Experiences & Theatre performances: GBP £30.00

Total Registration Fees:
Student Learners:
Member Organisations: GBP £345.00
Non-member Organisations: GBP £395.00

Educator Chaperones
Members: GBP £270.00
Non-members GBP £345.00


Payment Information
ISTA Festivals have a 2 step payment process.

Step 1: Deposits to secure bookings
Upon submitting your booking you will be issued an invoice for a 50% deposit based on the registration fees for the initial number of students you intend to bring. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, serving to confirm your reservation for the event. Full confirmation of your places will be granted upon receipt of the deposit payment within a 30-day period.

Step 2: Remaining balance when registration closes
Organisations will be billed for the remaining 50% of the registration fees, alongside any relevant surcharges, immediately following the completion of the registration form.


Initial Booking vs Actual Numbers
It is important to note that if the actual number of students attending the event is less than the number initially booked, the deposit paid for those students who do not attend will be forfeited. For example, if your school initially books 15 students and pays the corresponding deposit, but later only 10 students are registered for the event, the deposit for the 5 students who do not attend will not be refunded. Conversely, if you increase the number of students attending, you will be invoiced for an additional 50% deposit per new student added to your group.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for details on registration/cancellation fees.

Accommodation

The Bali HS Deep Dive into Balinese Theatre is being hosted at the ELEMENT by Westin Hotel. The majority of workshops and ensemble sessions will take place at the hotel as will most meals.

Festival participants, chaperones and artists will also stay at the hotel for the duration of the event.

Please note: Our on-site coordinator is still negotiating a price for accommodation and confirming whether schools will book their own accommodation at the Westin or if ISTA will book the rooms and add an accommodation surcharge to festival registration fees. We will try to stay within our preferred price range of GBP£100 per room/per night including breakfast.

Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.

Meals

For hotel stay students and all adult chaperones
Please ensure you book breakfast at the hotel.

Lunch will be provided daily at the venue.

Evening meals will be provided at the venue.

If a social meal is to be part of the festival schedule for adult chaperones and ISTA artists this is costed at approximately GBP £30 per person.

What to bring

A detailed list of what to bring and weather appropriate and respectful attire for Ubud will be sent as part of the information pack prior to the event.

Standard ISTA event attire:

  • All participants must bring clothing that is suitable for physically active workshops during the day (athletic wear, PE kit, performance blacks, etc.)
  • smart outfit for attending performances in the evening
  • black trousers, leggings, long shorts for final sharing
  • all clothing should be respectful of the host country culture

Please note:

  • Participants not dressed appropriately for physically active workshops may be asked to sit-out.
  • Participants may be asked to remove footwear, jewellery etc. for some workshops.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted in any of the workshop spaces.

Materials

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters etc. for notetaking
  • Refillable water bottle

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:

Dates

Starts on Thursday 20 March at 16:00
Finishes on Sunday 23 March at 13:30
(Local Time)

Venue

ELEMENT by Westin
Jl. Raya Andong, 88, Desa Petulu,
Ubud, Gianyar,
Indonesia 80571

Venue Website

Participants

• St John’s International School