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Bangkok TAPS Ignite

January 30 - February 1, 2025


Join us in the Watthana District of Bangkok, Thailand, for the launch of a brand new ISTA experience! This exciting new TAPS Ignite event is a three day theatre-making experience designed especially for current and prospective IB DP Theatre students. It promises to be an engaging and enriching experience that will inspire creativity, enhance collaborative performance skills and ignite a long-lasting passion for the DP theatre course.

For additional details about the event, please see below.

Event Manager: Keriann O’Rourke

What is TAPS Ignite?


TAPS Ignite events are immersive workshops tailored for both aspiring and current IB DP theatre students.

Hosted in schools or other educational settings, Ignite events are characterised by their focus on igniting inquiry and passion for theatre-making through creation and the presentation of original theatre work.
Under the guidance of four specialist IB theatre practitioners, participants are encouraged to collectively explore their creativity, experiment with new ideas, and to develop their own unique performances in collaboration with an ISTA Artistic Director.

TAPS Ignite activities include:

  • Creating and developing original theatre pieces that effectively use tension, emotion, atmosphere and meaning (TEAM)
  • Developing performance and production skills
  • Workshopping ideas, play texts and starting points in a collaborative environment
  • Sharing and critiquing peer work in a supportive setting
  • Engaging in a range of contrasting performance and storytelling techniques.

During these three-day in-person events, both aspiring and current IB DP theatre students from various schools come together to deepen their understanding of theatre, develop practical skills, and to collaborate with peers and professionals from contrasting cultural backgrounds.

TAPS Ignite events provide a platform for students to explore the essentials of the DP theatre course, to express their artistic visions, collaborate with peers from different contexts, and to receive constructive feedback from IB specialists.

Curious about the differences between TAPS Ignite events and ISTA’s TAPS Perspectives events? Consult our detailed handout here for a comprehensive comparison.


Specialist workshop
All educator chaperones will participate in a specialist workshop, each dedicated to a distinct aspect of theatre.

Details about the workshop leaders and session content for this TAPS Ignite event will be confirmed by autumn 2024.


Theatre
All participants, including students and their chaperone teachers, will attend one professional theatre performance as part of the event. This may take place either at the event venue or a nearby theatre.

The selection of productions available at this TAPS Ignite event will be confirmed by autumn 2024.

Booking & Registration


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. Link Here.

Booking
Booking is now open.

Prior to booking please assess the viability of your ISTA trip. Check travel restrictions, visa requirements, check in with parents, and obtain school approval.

At the time of booking organisations will provide:

  • Total number of students
  • Total number of educators
  • Contact information for lead educator chaperone

NEW DEPOSIT PROCESS 2024-2025
Upon submitting your booking you will be issued an invoice for a 25% 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.

ISTA Event Terms & Conditions 2024-2025
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 on 13 June 2024.
Registration closes Thursday 21 November 2024.

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 21 November 2024, to allow for finalising theatre tickets and where applicable, catering, transportation 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 25% deposit per new student added to your group.

– ISTA Event Terms & Conditions 2024-2025

Waitlist procedures


Once the maximum number of bookings has been reached the event will display “Waitlist”.
If this happens please email the Event Manager listed above 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


Booking Travel

Arrival
Participants should plan to arrive into Bangkok by evening of Wednesday 29 January 2025.

Departure
Participants should not plan to leave the venue before 3:00pm on Saturday 1 February 2025.

Please book travel accordingly and allow for ample time to travel to and from the airport/train station.

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 relevant 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


Registration fees

Student Learners
Member Organisations: GBP £295
Non-member Organisations: GBP £350
Host Organisation (first 15): GBP £250

Educator Chaperones
Members: GBP £210
Non-members: GBP £230


Surcharges
ISTA t-shirt – GBP £20
Airport transfers – GBP £15
Daily transfers – GBP £15
Theatre transfers – GBP £8

Please note that local schools will not be charged for airport/daily transfers and as such total costs below will differ.


Total Costs

Student Learners
Member Organisations: GBP £353
Non-member Organisations: GBP £408

Educator Chaperones
Members – GBP £268
Non-members – £288


Payment Information

ISTA TAPS events have a 2 step payment process.

Step 1: Deposits to secure bookings
Upon submitting your booking you will be issued an invoice for a 25% 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 75% 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 25% deposit per new student added to your group.

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

Accommodation


The host will recommend a central hotel for schools to book independently. The host will arrange transfers to and from this designated hotel for the duration of the event.

Detailed hotel information will be provided by autumn 2024.

Meals


Lunches and an evening meal on day 1 are provided by the host as part of this event.
Please note this does not include an evening meal the night before the event starts.

E-programme


E-programmes containing detailed schedule, workshop information, artist bios and other event specific information will be sent to participating organisations two weeks prior to the event.

What to bring


Appropriate attire
– All participants must bring clothing that is suitable for physically active workshops during the day (athletic wear, PE kit, performance blacks, etc.)
– Outfits suitable for attending theatre performances in the evening.

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
– Any materials requested by the Workshop Leaders (printed text, notes on pre-reading/viewing activities etc.) details will be in the e-programme
– 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 30 January at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 01 February at 15:00
(Local Time)

Venue

NIST International School
36 Sukhumvit, Soi 15, Wattana, Klongtoey-nua
Bangkok 10110
Thailand

www.nist.ac.th/

Participants

• Global Jaya School