ISTA present...

Madrid HS Festival

December 1 - December 3, 2023

Wait List

Artistic Information

Festival title
Life is Art, Art is Life

Festival focus
This festival will explore the relationship between identity and place as well as the impact and influence cultures have in our local communities.

Global Challenge and Area of learning
Tuning in – Tuning into what is true and what is false

Cultural Experience
A visit to the Prado museum

Link here

Important Information

Venue address
Colegio Internacional SEK Ciudalcampo, Urbanización, P.º de las Perdices, 2, 28707 Ciudalcampo, Madrid

Venue Website

The event starts at 8:30 am on Friday 1st December 2023
The event ends at 3:45 pm on Sunday 3rd December 2023

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

Registration opens on 24th April 2023.

All information must be submitted on Friday 8th September 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 8:30 am on Friday 1st December 2023

Participants should not plan to leave the school until after 3:45 pm on Sunday 3rd December 2023

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 Adolfo Suarez Airport or Madrid
Chamartin train station, Madrid

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


Hotel model

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
UVE hotel Alcobendas
Bulevar de Salvador Allende, 10 – Alcobendas, Madrid.
+34 916524600

For adult chaperones
Single rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday 30th November 2023

Hotel costs TBC

We work on a costing of GBP £100 per room per night including breakfast.

For learners
Shared rooms should be booked for 3 nights from Thursday 30th November 2023

We work on a costing of GBP £100 per room per night including breakfast.


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.

Two evening meals will be provided at the host school.

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 01 December at 08:30
Finishes on Sunday 03 December at 15:45
(Local Time)


Colegio Internacional SEK Ciudalcampo, 2. San Sebastián de los Reyes. 28707 Madrid, Spain


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