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Windhoek MS Festival

February 2 - February 5, 2024

Wait List

Festival Title – Ancient knowledge from within

Please note: This is an “on-site” festival.  Festival ensemble spaces, accommodation and meals will be provided at a Lodge.

Artistic Information

Festival Focus
This festival will explore how we can tune into ourselves and the ancient stories of the land that we work on

Global Challenge and Area of Learning
Tuning in– Tuning into ourselves

Cultural Experience
Walking in the bush & a performance

A story from the San Tribe – Story link

Important information

Host address

Windhoek International School
Scheppmann Street Pioneers Park Ext. 1 Windhoek, Namibia

Host Website

The event starts at 3:00pm on Friday 2nd February 2024
The event ends at 1:30pm on Monday 5th February 2024

Event Manager
Sophie Galton

Registration opens on 24th April 2023.

All information must be submitted by Friday 10th November 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 venue site by 3:00pm on Friday 2nd February 2024

Participants should not plan to leave the festival site  until after 1:30pm on Monday 5th February 2024

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.

ISTA Young Creative Leadership Programme Participants
Members: GBP £300
Non-members: GBP £350

Educator Chaperones
Member: GBP £85
Non-member: GBP £105

*Registration fees include ISTA t-shirt for all participants

All participants:
Cultural Experience: GBP £10
Accommodation and meals:  GBP £100 (see accommodation section for more details)
Accommodation and meals for chaperones: £320

For non-local participants
Airport/Train Station Pick-up/Drop off: GBP £10

Total cost per student learner
Local member: GBP £360
Non-local member: GBP £370
Local non-member: GBP £410
Non-local, non-member: GBP £420

Total cost per educator/chaperone
Local member: GBP £195
Non-local member: GBP £435
Local non-member: GBP £215
Non-local, non-member: GBP: £455

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 Hosea Kutako International Airport, Namibia

For participants

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



This festival is hosted on-site at a lodge.  Accommodation for 3 nights as well as all meals for the duration of the festival are included in the price of accommodation. Learners will be in shared rooms; Educator Chaperones in single rooms. Please note chaperone costs are increased due to the single room options.

Specific Lodge information: All participants will be staying on site at the Midgard Lodge based in Namibia. Students will be accommodated in a special converted train designed for group bookings. The festival will take place at the lodge over the three days. The lodge information can be seen here.

Please Note:

Surcharge for accommodation and meals will be applied to the registration fee for all participants.  ISTA and the host will make all bookings on behalf of participating organisations once registration numbers are confirmed.   (see Finances Section).

Participants wishing to book accommodation and meals for additional days either before or after the festival should contact the Event manager for more details.


All meals will be provided on-site as part of lodge accommodation package.

ISTA™ Young Creative Leadership Programme

The ISTA™ Young Creative Leadership Programme is an opportunity for high school students to develop their creative leadership skills.

Students develop their skills through a series of reflective tasks, mentoring and attendance at a middle school festival in a leadership role. The student then plans how this leadership experience will be implemented in their own community.

This is a powerful service learning opportunity and can be used as part of other leadership initiatives.

Click here to download the fact sheet.

Contact your Event Manager for more information.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Friday 02 February at 15:00
Finishes on Monday 05 February at 13:30
(Local Time)


Scheppmann Street, Pioneers Park, Ext. 1, Windhoek, Namibia


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