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Istanbul HS festival

November 24 - November 27, 2022

Booking Closed


Members – Bookings open 9:00am BST on 1st September 2022.

Non members – Bookings open 9:00am BST on 21st September 2022.


Festival Title :  Pioneer of the sky and sea. 

Artistic information

Festival Title
Pioneer of sky and sea.

Festival Focus
This festival will explore how the world is changed through imagination and invention.

Global Challenge and Area of learning
A World of Difference – wanting to make a change in the world

Cultural Experience
The participants will visit Galata Tower where Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi made his historic flight across the Bosphorus on man-made wings.

Galata Tower | Muze Istanbul

The story of “The Birdman” Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi, an Ottoman scientist, inventor, chemist, astronomer, physician, Andalusi musician, and poet from Constantinople reported in the writings of traveller Evliya Çelebi to have flown over the Bosphorus from Galata Tower to Uskudar. His name ‘Hezarfen’ celebrates his great knowledge in many fields of science.

Link to the story: The Birdman.

Important information

Venue address
Cevre College
Erenköy, 19 Mayıs Mahallesi,
Çevre Sk. No:2, 34736 Kadıköy
Istanbul, Turkey

School Website

The event starts at 4pm on Thursday 24th November 2022
The event ends at 1:30pm on Sunday 27th November 2022

Event Manager
Helen Abbott

Registration opens 15th September 2022
Registration closes 29th September 2022

Please note
The registration period for this event is quite short. Where possible, information required in the registration forms should be collected before 15th September 2022.

Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window opens.

Financial Information

Registration Fees

Student Learners
Members: GBP £238
Non members: GBP £274
Host organisation: GBP £184 for the first 15 students and GBP £238 for each thereafter.

Educator Chaperones
Member: GBP £75
Non member: GBP £86

*Registration fees include ISTA t-shirt

All participants:
Cultural Experience: GBP £10

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

Total cost per student learner
Local member: GBP £248
Non local member: GBP £268
Local non member: GBP £284
Non local, non member: GBP £304

Total cost per educator/chaperone
Local member: GBP £85
Non local member: GBP £105
Local non member: GBP £96
Non local, non member: GBP: £116

Please note

All registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed.

A non refundable, non-transferable deposit will be sent with the booking confirmation; this amount will be deducted from your final invoice.

The deposit will be as follows:
For bookings of 1 – 10 learners GBP £500.
For bookings of 11 – 15 learners GBP £750.
For bookings of 16 or more learners GBP £1,000.

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

Travel and visas

All participants will fly into Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW).

Participants should arrive at the host school by 3:00pm on Thursday 24th November and not plan to leave the host school until after 1:30 pm on Sunday, 27th November

Travel time from the airport to the host school is approximately 60 minutes.

Please plan travel accordingly.

Please note
Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and securing visas for the event.


All non local participants will be staying in a hotel near the host venue.

  • Please Note:
    Festival hosts will arrange a block booking reservation at an appropriate hotel.
  • Participating organisations are responsible for booking and paying for their group’s accommodation at the recommended hotel.
  • 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.

Hotel Information

BYOTELL Hotel Istanbul
Saniye Ermutlu Street No:3
Kozyatağı – İSTANBUL

Phone number: +90 216 571 61 00
Whats app +90 530 2777464
Hotel Contact email:

Hotel Website

RATES : All room rates include 8%VAT and daily buffet breakfast.

For adult chaperones
Single rooms should be booked for 3 nights: 24th – 26th November 2022.
Single/Double room: EUR €55/night.

For student learners
Shared rooms should be booked for 3 nights 24th- 26th November 2022
Double/Twin Room: EUR €55/night
Triple Room: EUR €70/night


For non local participants
Please ensure you book breakfast at the hotel as part of your room rate.

For all participants
Lunch will be provided Friday and Saturday by the host school/venue.

Evening meals will be provided Thursday, Friday and Saturday by 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 Thursday 24 November at 16:00
Finishes on Sunday 27 November at 13:30
(Local Time)


Çevre College
19 Mayis Mahalles
Çevre Sok. no 2


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