ISTA present...

Lisbon MS festival

February 2 - February 5, 2023

Booking Closed

This festival has additional spaces that have recently opened up. Email Event Manager Helen Abbott for more information.


Please note the updated dates and times as the festival now begins on Thursday, 2nd February at 4:30 pm.

Festival title: Stone Soup

Artistic Information

Stone Soup –  What will you bring to the pot.

Festival Focus
This festival will explore traditional Portuguese ‘cultural ingredients’ that are part of a fading heritage. By learning and celebrating these elements and those of our own heritage, we will find a respect for each person and their contribution and how this can ultimately enriches us as individuals and as a community.

Global Challenge and Area of learning
A World of Difference – a celebration of difference and identities

Cultural Experience
A series of workshops and presentations related to Portuguese culture led by local artists. Likely to include – folk dance, fado, tile painting.

Story: Stone Soup – ‘Sopa de Pedra’
Click for Story Text

Important Information

Venue address

St. Julian’s School
Quinta Nova,
Carcavelos 2775-588

School website

NEW Dates:

The event starts at 4:30 pm on Thursday 2nd February 2023
The event ends at 1:30pm on Sunday 5th February 2023

Event Manager
Helen Abbott

Registration opens 11th November 2022
Registration closes 3rd December 2022

Registration Fees

Registration Fees

*All Registration fees include ISTA t-shirt

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

Member: GBP £75
Non member: GBP £86

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
Host : GBP £194 for the first 15 and GBP £248 thereafter.
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 accommodation

Local participants will arrange their own travel to and from the host venue each day.

For Non-local Participants
All guest participants will stay in a hotel near the host school

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:

The following hotel is within walking distance to the host school.

Praia Mar Hotel
R. Gurué 16, 2775-581 Carcavelos, Portugal
Tel:+351 21 458 5100

Daily Rate including breakfast:
Single room: EUR 75.00
Double/Twin: EUR 85.00
Triple: EUR 105.00

For adult chaperones
Single rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday, 2nd February 2023

For student learners
Shared rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday, 2nd February 2023



Breakfast will be eaten at home for local participants and at the hotel for non-local participants.
Lunch will be provided daily by the host
Dinner will be provided by the host on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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 02 February at 16:30
Finishes on Sunday 05 February at 13:30
(Local Time)


• Eyuboglu High School
• PaRK International School
• Pechersk School International
• St John’s International School
• St Julian’s School


• Carl Robinson
• Sydney Smith
• Theresa Chapman