ISTA presents...

River Ganges (Bonsai, Connect) HS festival

November 19 - November 22, 2020

Artistic information


Title
Inside a city of light: small spaces, sacred places

At this festival we will explore…
… how multiple religions and cultures can co-exist within limited architectural spaces.

Inspiration
A sunrise walking tour of the Old City of Varanasi and an evening boat trip along the River Ganges.

Frame
Cultural, spiritual, environmental.

Please note
For more information about this unique, unforgettable and enlightening festival, please refer to the ‘River Ganges… more information’ sheet on the downloads section of this webpage.

Important information


School address
Learn for Life School
Raja Sir Motichand Rd
Maulvibagh, D55/147
Aurangabad Police Chowki
Opposite Police Station
Sidhgiribagh
Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh 221001
India

School website

The festival starts at 4:00pm on Thursday 19th November 2020.
The festival finishes at 12:30pm on Sunday 22nd November 2020.

Event coordinator
Keriann O’Rourke

For participants
Registration opens on 3rd September 2020.
Registration closes on 17th September 2020.

Please note
All information required in the registration forms should be collected before 3rd September 2020.
Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window opens.
Participants should arrive in time to be at the school for 4:00pm. It could take 2 hours to travel from Varanasi airport to the school so we are advising arrival into Varanasi by early afternoon on the 19th November 2020.
Participants should not plan to leave the venue until after 3:00pm on Sunday 22nd November 2020.
Please arrange travel accordingly.

For artists
Artists need to arrive in time for an evening meal on Wednesday 18th November 2020.
Artists should not plan to leave the school until after 4:00pm on Sunday 22nd November 2020.
Please arrange travel accordingly.
Travel information is due by 10th September 2020.

Finances


Students
Registration fees
Member schools – GBP £216.
This includes the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

Surcharges
Airport transfers – GBP £10.
Excursion – GBP £10.

Accommodation costs
GBP £TBC per student per night based on shared accommodation; GBP £TBC for three nights.

Total cost per student
Local member schools – GBP £226.
Non-local member schools – GBP £236 plus accommodation.

Teachers/chaperones
Registration fees
Member schools – GBP £50.
Non-member schools – GBP £102.

Surcharges
ISTA t-shirt (optional) – GBP £12.
Airport transfers – GBP £10.
Excursion – GBP £10.

Accommodation costs
GBP £TBC per teacher per night based on single room accommodation; GBP £TBC for three nights.

Total cost per teacher/chaperone
Local member schools – GBP £72.
Non-local member schools – GBP £82 plus accommodation.
Local non-member schools – GBP £124.
Non-local non-member schools – GBP £134 plus accommodation.

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 students GBP £500.
For bookings of 11 – 15 students GBP £750.
For bookings of 16 or more students 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 Varanasi.

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

For artists
Artists are responsible for booking their own flights and will work with the EC to provide all information in a timely manner.
Artist teams are launched 12 weeks prior to the event and all flights must be booked 10 weeks prior to the event.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the correct visa.

Accommodation


ISTA will book a hotel for all participants and ISTA artists close to the school.

For teachers/chaperones
Single rooms will be booked for 3 nights from Thursday 19th November 2020.
Hotel costs will be confirmed by the end of May 2020.

For students
Students will stay in shared rooms at the designated hotel.
Shared rooms will be booked for 3 nights from Thursday 19th November 2020.
Where possible students will be placed in rooms with peers from the same school.
Hotel costs will be confirmed by the end of May 2020.

Schools will be invoiced at the time of registration for all accommodation costs.

For artists
Single rooms will be booked for artists for 4 nights from Wednesday 18th November 2020.
Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay.

Meals


For participants and artists
All meals will be provided by the Micha/Brown Bread Bakery (owned by the owners of the Learn for Life host school).

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:

Dates

Starts on Thursday 19 November at 16:00
Finishes on Sunday 22 November at 12:30 .

Venue

Learn for Life School
Raja Sir Motichand Rd
Maulvibagh, D55/147
Aurangabad Police Chowki
Opposite Police Station
Sidhgiribagh
Varanasi
Uttar Pradesh 221001
India

Participants

• Connect Scholars