ISTA present...

Ho Chi Minh City HS Festival

March 15 - March 17, 2024

Booking Closed


Artistic Information

Global Challenge and Area of learning
Tuning into the past to learn from it or into the future to prepare for it

Cultural Experience
Taking a boat ride from nearby the school the participants will get to see a part of Ho Chi Minh by water before arriving at Binh Quoi cultural village where students will work in ensembles exploring the space and immersive surrounding of the village. The participants will then travel by bus to a local restaurant where they will dine local cuisine before watching a performance of the Water Puppets in the evening before returning to the hotels.

The Legend of Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh (Mountain God and Water God)

Important Information

Venue address
Saigon South International School
78 Nguyen Duc Canh Tan Phong Ward,
District 7 Ho Chi Minh City,
Venue Website

The event starts at 8:30am on Friday 15th March 2024
The event ends at 5:15pm on Sunday 17th March 2024

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

Registration opens on 24th April 2023.

All information must be submitted by 15th December 2023. Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed.

A late registration fee of GBP £200 will be charged for registrations not complete by this date.

Please see this document for the information required to complete registration.

Booking and registration processes for festivals

Participants should arrive at the host school for registration by 8:30am on Friday 15th March 2024

Participants should not plan to leave the school until after 5:15pm on Sunday 17th March 2024

Please arrange travel accordingly.


Waitlist procedures

Once the maximum number of bookings has been reached the event will display “Waitlist“.
If this happens please email the Event Manager for the festival (listed under Important information on the event webpage) and ask to be added to the waiting list. Please provide the number of students and teachers you wish to reserve in your email.

Financial Information

Registration Fees

Student Learners
Members: GBP £250
Non-members: GBP £300
Host organisation: GBP £195 for the first 15 students and GBP £250 for each thereafter.

Educator Chaperones
Member: GBP £85
Non-member: GBP £105

*Registration fees include ISTA t-shirt for all participants

All participants:
Cultural Experience: GBP £10

For non-local participants (as needed)
Local Transportation (if staying at the hotel): GBP £10
Airport/Train Station Pick-up/Drop off: GBP £10

Total cost per student learner
Local member: GBP £260
Non-local member: GBP £280
Local non-member: GBP £310
Non-local, non-member: GBP £330

Total cost per educator/chaperone
Local member: GBP £95
Non-local member: GBP £115
Local non-member: GBP £115
Non-local, non-member: GBP: £135

Please note

– Once you have submitted a booking form, you will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit invoice for 50% of the registration fees for the number of students you have booked.

– Your place at the event will only be confirmed if we receive payment of your deposit within 21 days.

– You will be invoiced for the remaining 50% of registration fees and any applicable surcharges upon completion of the registration form.

– The remaining registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed. By then you should have submitted your registration form.

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

Travel and visas

All participants will arrive into Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Vietnam.

For participants
Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and securing visas for the event.

Non-local participants should arrive in Ho Chi Minh City the afternoon/evening of Thursday, 14th March 2024 and not plan to depart the host venue until the event closes at 5:30 pm on Sunday 17th, March 2024.


Hotel model

Please Note:
Participating organisations are responsible for booking and paying for their group’s accommodation at the recommended hotel. Please see below for the festival recommended hotel

Ibis Saigon South
Hoàng Văn Thái/73 Phú Mỹ Hưng, Street,
Quận 7,
Thành phố
Hồ Chí Minh

Hotel contact: Quinn Nguyen Do Quyen
Contact number: +84 947741488

Airport/Station pick up/drop off and daily local transportation to the festival venue will not be provided for organisations choosing to book at a hotel other than the one recommended by the host.
ISTA and the host organisation will not take responsibility for any arrangements made between the organisation and the hotel.

For adult chaperones
Single rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday 14th March 2024

Hotel rooms are approximately £50.00 per night

Please contact the hotel for exact costs

For learners
Shared rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday 14th March 2024


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

Lunch will be provided daily at the host school/venue.

Evening meals will be provided at the host school/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.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 15 March at 08:30
Finishes on Sunday 17 March at 17:15
(Local Time)


Saigon South International School
78 Nguyen Duc Canh Tan Phong Ward,
District 7 Ho Chi Minh City,


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