ISTA present...

Kingston MS/HS festival

November 8 - November 11, 2018

Wait List


Songs of freedom


Starting Point

At this festival we will explore the political and socially motivated music and lyrics of Bob Marley and the contribution this has made to social equality and to local and international culture. We will also explore the role that music plays in our own lives.


Out & About

Music tour starting at the Bob Marley Museum and ending at the internationally significant Tuff Gong studio.



Cultural, personal, historical


ISTA Event Coordinator



Hillel Academy
51 Upper Mark Way
Kingston 8

Tel: +1(876) 9251980

Host school website

Important Information

The festival starts at 4:00pm on Thursday 8th November 2018 and finishes at 12:30pm on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Information for visiting schools
Registration opens 6th September 2018.
Registration closes 20th September 2018.
Please note:
We advise that you have your group confirmed and all information collected prior to 6th September 2018.
Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window closes.
All schools will need to be at Hillel Academy in time for a 4:00pm start on Thursday 8th November 2018 and may leave the school after the close at 12:30pm on Sunday 11th November 2018. Please arrange international travel accordingly.

ISTA artists
ISTA artists will need to arrive on Wednesday 7th November 2018 in time for an evening meal and may leave the school on Sunday after 1:00pm. Please arrange flights accordingly.
The ISTA Rep will arrive into Kingston by Tuesday evening 6th November 2018 to spend Wednesday in school with the host.
Artist travel information is required by the 20th September 2018.


Registration fees
GBP £206 per student.
This includes the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

GBP £10 airport transfers.
GBP £10 out and about.

Total per student
GBP £226 members, GBP £216 host.

GBP £50 – visiting member schools, towards catering etc.
GBP £97 – visiting non-member schools registration fee (includes meals at school).
GBP £10 airport transfers.
GBP £10 out and about.

GBP £12 ISTA t-shirt (optional).

Total per teacher/chaperone
GBP £82 members.
GBP £129 non-members.

Please note:
1. A GBP £500 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit will be invoiced upon booking.
2. A GBP £500 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 GBP £150 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

All participants will fly into Norman Manley International Airport. Participants might want to look at flying into Montego Bay and hiring a bus over to Kingston as this can significantly reduce flight costs.

The journey from the airport to the school will take approximately 1 hour.

Visiting schools
All schools are responsible for booking their own travel and visas for the festival.

All schools will be met by a representative from the host school and taken to the school by bus.

ISTA artists
ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to the festival and will use our travel agency for this. Artist teams will be activated 12 weeks prior to the festival and your EC will talk you through the process for booking flights at the time of activation.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter Jamaica.


All teachers/chaperones and ISTA artists will stay at the following hotel:

Liguanea Club
77 Knutsford Boulevard
Telephone: +1 876 9268 144

Hotel website

The hotel has free Wi-Fi.
We work on a price range of approximately GBP£95 per person per night, including breakfast.
The journey from the hotel to the school is approximately 10 minutes by car.

Visiting schools
Single rooms will be booked for visiting teachers and chaperones for 3 nights from the 8th November 2018.
Visiting schools will be responsible for paying for rooms upon arrival. We can make provision for schools to pay hotel bills ahead of time.

Students will stay with host families.
There will be no charge for accommodation.
Housing will be offered for three nights from the 8th November 2018.

ISTA artists
Single rooms will be booked for ISTA artists for 4 nights from the 7th November 2018.
An additional night will be booked for the Rep who will arrive on the 6th November 2018.
Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay at the hotel.


Visiting schools
Breakfast – for visiting teachers at the hotel, for visiting students with host families.
Lunches daily provided by the host school (does not include Sunday).
Dinner – 2 evening meals provided; 3rd evening meal is the social meal for visiting teachers/chaperones and will be taken with host families for students.

ISTA artists
All meals will be provided by the host school.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 08 November at 16:00
Finishes on Sunday 11 November at 12:30


Hillel Academy
51 Upper Mark Way
Kingston 8


• Hillel Academy
• International School of Havana
• International School of Panama


• Camille Bloom
• Esti MacInnes
• Ian Johnston
• Kristen van Ginhoven