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Terezin Memorial HS Festival (Site of Learning)

March 13 - March 16, 2025

He took a little boy to the moon

The past, present, and future: Linking history with current events and future aspirations, understanding the continuum of time and its impact on our lives.

On-site learning, collaborating and creating in the fortress town of Terezin (Theresienstadt Ghetto). Participants will also visit the Ghetto Museum, and tour The Small Fortress and Magdeburg barracks.  The story of Peter Ginz, the editor of an underground magazine, Vedem, produced by teenage prisoners from 1942-1944 will be explored.

“You experience a whole new side of history; You not only know the facts, you feel the facts;” (Learner: Terezin Memorial HS Festival 2024)

Event Manager: Helen Abbott
Age Range: 14-18

TEREZÍN: Surviving the Holocaust from ISTA on Vimeo.

What is an ISTA Site of Learning Festival?

ISTA’s global sites of learning are carefully selected sites that engage participants with significant areas of global learning. ISTA events at these locations offer young people and educators the opportunity to explore these rich sites, their stories and their cultural relevance. Participants will visit and explore, create and, in the case of Terezin live on the site providing a totally immersive learning experience.

What learners and educators are saying 
“I was moved to tears at the performance the students painstakingly, thoughtfully, and creatively devised as a response to the learning from the cultural activities. They demonstrated a deep awareness of the atrocities that occurred at Terezin in a respectful manner but perhaps more importantly showed the empathy necessary to embody and tell their stories. I returned back [to school] tired but more importantly ENERGIZED from the power art and theater has to teach and learn and grow.”
Educator – Terezin Memorial HS Festival March 2024

“You experience a whole new side of history; You not only know the facts, you feel the facts; You don’t just improve your theatrical skills, you meet new people to share your experiences with; It’s not just about the theatre – its a coming together of ideas, culture and people.”
Learners – Terezin Memorial HS Festival March 2024

Terezin Memorial
The fortress town of Terezin is the site of Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. Its mission is to preserve the memory of the victims of racial and political persecution during the years of Nazi occupation. A significant aspect of the memorial is the examination of works of art, music, theatre and writing produced under internment, as well as diaries and survivor accounts. The educational and creative work takes place in various locations around the former ghetto.

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Important booking and registration information


We have made some significant changes to our Event Terms and Conditions for 2024-2025
Please read updated Terms & Conditions before submitting your booking.


Booking – NEW DEPOSIT PROCESS 2024-2025
Upon submitting your booking you will be issued an invoice for a 50% deposit based on the registration fees for the initial number of students you intend to bring. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, serving to confirm your reservation for the event. Full confirmation of your places will be granted upon receipt of the deposit payment within a 30-day period.

To prevent significant decreases in total event numbers when registration is completed PLEASE only book the number of spaces you are certain you can fill.

See FEES section below for more detailed information on fees.

Registration
Registration opens Monday 15 April 2024 9:00am GMT, 2024
All information must be submitted by Thursday 5 December 11:59pm GMT, 2024

Important Notes about Registration:
We appreciate that some schools will already have confirmed students so please register your group as soon as possible from this date onwards
All registrations must be submitted by Thursday 5 December, 2024 to allow for finalising the artist team, T-shirt orders, catering, transportation etc. ahead of the event.
Please see this document for the information required to complete registration.
Travel information is required as part of the registration process.

It is important to note that if the actual number of students attending the event is less than the number initially booked, the deposit paid for those students who do not attend will be forfeited. For example, if your school initially books 15 students and pays the corresponding deposit, but later only 10 students are registered for the event, the deposit for the 5 students who do not attend will not be refunded. Conversely, if you increase the number of students attending, you will be invoiced for an additional 50% deposit per new student added to your group.

Waitlist Procedures

Once the maximum number of bookings has been reached the event will display “Waitlist”.
If this happens please email the Event Manager and ask to be added to the waiting list providing the number of students and teachers you wish to reserve in your email.

Event Managers will monitor actual registration numbers as they come in and contact organisations on the waitlist (in the order requests were received) to offer any places that become available.

Travel & Visas


Participating schools are responsible for arranging and booking their own travel to Prague.

Booking Travel
All participants will fly into Vaclav Havel Airport Prague arrive at the Prague Main Station.

Private transport (buses) will be provided to take participants to and from Terezin. The journey from the airport/train station to Terezin will take approximately 1 hour.

Arrival
Participants should arrive in Prague by 4:00 pm on Thursday 13 March 2025.

Departure
Participants should not plan to depart until Monday 17 March 2025.

Please book travel accordingly and allow for ample time to travel to and from the airport/train station.


Visas

It is the responsibility of the schools/participants to ensure they have the appropriate visas, as required.

Please ensure that you start looking into visa requirements sooner rather than later as the process can take a significant amount of time.

If you require assistance or additional documentation to support your visa applications please ensure to contact the relevant event manager well in advance.


IMPORTANT:
ISTA business days are Monday to Friday and we endeavour to reply to all emails within 3 business days.

ISTA staff are not able to monitor emails over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or on holidays.

If a staff member is away from their desk working an event, a response may take longer than normal.

Fees & Payment Information

Individual participation fee:

Student Learners
Member Organisations: GBP £255
Non-member Organisations: GBP £310
Host schools – maximum of 15 students at reduced price: 199.00

Educator Chaperones
Members – GBP £105.00
Non-members GBP £125.00


Surcharges:
Students: Shared rooms for 4 nights and all meals: GBP £165
Chaperones: Single rooms for 4 nights and all meals: GBP £275
Cultural Experience: GBP £15
Airport Transfer: GBP £15


Total Registration Fees

Includes Participation fee + Surcharges (Cultural Experience + Accommodation and meals + Airport Transfer)

Student Learners
Member Organisations: GBP £450
Non-member Organisations: GBP £505

Educator Chaperones
Members – GBP £380.00
Non-members GBP £430

N.B All Fees include a T-Shirt


Payment Information
ISTA Festivals have a 2 step payment process.

Step 1: Deposits to secure bookings
Upon submitting your booking you will be issued an invoice for a 50% deposit based on the registration fees for the initial number of students you intend to bring. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, serving to confirm your reservation for the event. Full confirmation of your places will be granted upon receipt of the deposit payment within a 30-day period.

Step 2: Remaining balance when registration closes
Organisations will be billed for the remaining 50% of the registration fees, alongside any relevant surcharges, immediately following the completion of the registration form.


Initial Booking vs Actual Numbers
It is important to note that if the actual number of students attending the event is less than the number initially booked, the deposit paid for those students who do not attend will be forfeited. For example, if your school initially books 15 students and pays the corresponding deposit, but later only 10 students are registered for the event, the deposit for the 5 students who do not attend will not be refunded. Conversely, if you increase the number of students attending, you will be invoiced for an additional 25% deposit per new student added to your group.

Please refer to our event terms and conditions for details on registration/cancellation fees.

Accommodation

All participants will stay in one of the following two accommodation centres:

Park Hotel Terezin
Machova 163
41155 Terezin
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 721 863 750
Host website

Hostel U sv. Štěpána
Komenského 4
41201 Litoměřice
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 416 732 077

Please note that WiFi, where available, is intermittent and unreliable. We strongly suggest teachers source a phone data plan for use in Terezin.
Terezin and Litomerice are communities of little wealth and as such the accommodation centres are basic.

Teachers/chaperones
Visiting teachers and chaperones will stay in single room accommodation at the Park Hotel or at Hostel U sv. Štěpána as above. Teachers will be placed in the same accommodation centre as their students.

Visiting teachers/chaperones will be booked into the hotel for the nights of 13th – 17 March 2025.

ISTA will invoice schools for all accommodation costs at the time of registration.

Students
Students will stay in shared rooms at the designated hotel with their teacher/chaperones.

Where possible students will be placed in rooms with peers from their own organisation.

Students will be booked into the hotel for the nights of 13th – 17 March 2025.

As the festival is a hotel model festival as opposed to homestay it is ISTA’s expectation that adult chaperones will look after students outside of scheduled festival times.

Meals

All meals will be provided for all participants from arrival into Terezin on Thursday evening through to and including breakfast on Monday morning.

There are one or two basic corner groceries (potraviny) and one or two small cafes in Terezin where participants may purchase small snacks if desired, but students should be prepared for simple Czech food at all meals.

What to bring

Appropriate attire

  • All participants must bring clothing that is suitable for physically active workshops during the day (athletic wear, PE kit, performance blacks, etc.)

Please note:

  • Participants not dressed appropriately for physically active workshops may be asked to sit-out.
  • Participants may be asked to remove footwear, jewellery etc. for some workshops.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted in any of the workshop spaces.

Materials

  • Pens, pencils, highlighters etc. for notetaking
  • Refillable water bottle

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:

Dates

Starts on Thursday 13 March at 18:30
Finishes on Sunday 16 March at 17:30
(Local Time)

Venue

Parkhotel
Machova 163
Terezin 411 55
Czech Republic

Hotel Website

Terezin Memorial Website

Participants

• Cairo American College
• International School of Brussels
• International School of Toulouse
• Royal High School Bath
• Sotogrande International School