ISTA presents...

Shanghai HS festival

January 17 - January 19, 2020

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Artistic information

Nostalgia’s retreat

At this festival we will explore…
… nostalgia, the preservation of memory and its relationship to our identity and to the art we make.

Zhujhaijo Ancient Water Town. This is an ancient Chinese town known as the “Venice of Shanghai”.

Cultural, personal, conceptual.

Important Information

Festival dates
17th – 19th January 2020

Festival address
Shanghai American School Puxi
258 Jinfeng Road
People’s Republic of China

School website

The festival starts at:
9:00am on Friday 17th January 2020.

The festival finishes at:
5:00pm on Sunday 19th January 2020.

Event coordinator
Sophie Galton

For schools
Registration opens on 15th November 2019.
Registration closes on 29th November 2019.

Please note:
We advise that you have your group confirmed and all information collected by 15th November 2019.
Travel information is required as part of the registration process. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window opens.
You should arrive in time to be at the festival venue between 3:00-5:00pm on Thursday 16th January 2020.
You should not plan to leave the festival venue until after 5:00pm on Sunday 19th January 2020.
Please arrange travel accordingly.
Local schools will attend from morning on the 17th January 2020.

For artists
You need to arrive in time for an evening meal on Wednesday 15th January 2020.
You should not plan to leave the festival venue until after 5:30pm on Sunday 19th January 2020.
The Rep should arrive by evening on Tuesday 14th January 2020.
Please arrange travel accordingly.
Travel information is due by 8th November 2020.



Registration fees
Students from member schools – GBP £216.
Students from host school – GBP £165 for the first 25, thereafter GBP £216.
This includes the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

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

Total cost per student
Local member schools – GBP £226.
Non-local member schools – GBP £236.
Host school – GBP £175 for the first 25, thereafter GBP £226.


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

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

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

Please note:

  1. A GBP £500 non refundable, non transferable 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 Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport for domestic and regional flights.

For schools
You are responsible for booking your own travel and securing visas for the festival for entry into China.

For artists
You are responsible for booking your own flights and will work with your EC to provide all information in a timely manner.
Artist teams are launched 12 weeks prior to the festival and all flights must be booked 10 weeks prior to the festival.
You are also responsible for ensuring you have the correct visa for entry into China.


ISTA will book a hotel for teachers/chaperones and ISTA artists close to the school.

For schools

For teachers/chaperones
Single rooms will be be booked for 3 nights from 16th January 2020.
We work on a costing of GBP £90.00 per person per night for adults; including breakfast.
Hotel costs will be confirmed by the end of May 2019.
Teachers/chaperones will be responsible for paying for rooms on arrival. We can make provision for schools to pay hotel bills ahead of time.

For students
Students will stay with families from the host school community; there is no additional cost for this.
Housing for students will be provided for 3 nights from 16th January 2020.

For local participants
No accommodation will be booked for local schools.
You are responsible for organising your own daily travel.
Breakfasts will not be provided.

For artists
Single rooms will be booked for you for 4 nights from 15th January 2020.
An additional night will be booked for the Rep who will arrive on 14th January 2020.
You will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during your stay.


For schools
Breakfast will be provided at the hotel or with host families.
Lunches will be provided daily.
Evening meals are provided either at the host school or with host families. No evening meal will be provided on the final day of the festival.
One evening meal for teachers/chaperones will be the social meal. This is costed at approximately GBP £30 per person.

For artists
All meals are provided by the host school.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 17 January at 09:00
Finishes on Sunday 19 January at 17:00 .


258 Jinfeng Road, Minhang District, Shanghai, China 201107


• Alcanta International College, Guangzhou
• Canadian International School Hong Kong
• Discovery College
• Dulwich College Shanghai
• Kellett School
• Nanjing International School
• Near West Group Ltd.
• Shanghai American School – Puxi
• Shanghai American School, Pudong