ISTA present...

Zurich HS

February 22 - February 25, 2018

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We invite our young theatre makers to draw on visual art, theatre, poetry, music and literature to create cross-art performance using the history of Cabaret Voltaire and the DADA movement as inspiration.


I am your DADA

Starting Point

Cabaret Voltaire, a nightclub in Zurich, was founded 1916 as a cabaret which promoted artistic and political endeavour in equal measure. Such was the radical, avant-garde nature of the work created at the venue that it is now seen as pivotal in the founding of the anarchic movement known as Dada. Artists such as Hugo Ball, Duchamp, Ernst and Man Ray rejected logic, aestheticism and reason, and instead promoted the irrational often as protest to modern capitalist society. It was not confined to visual art but spanned theatre, poetry, music and literature. Taking influences from the legacy of the cabaret scene in Zurich after the end of the World War One we will make a cross art-form performance seeking to reject meaning and logic of modern life. “This humiliating age has not succeeded in winning our respect.” Hugo Ball

Out & About

A walking tour of Zurich and a visit to Cabaret Voltaire.

ISTA Event Coordinator

Kate Friend


Zurich International School
Eichenweg 2
8134 Adliswil
Phone: +41 5875 02400

Important Information

The festival starts at 4:00pm on Thursday 22nd February 2018 and finishes at 12:30pm on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Visiting schools
Registration opens 30th November 2017.
Registration closes 14th December 2017.
Please note:
We advise that you have your group confirmed and all information collected prior to 30th November 2017.
Travel information will be required as part of the registration process this year. Please have travel details confirmed by the time the registration window closes.
All schools will need to arrive at ZIS in time for the 4:00pm start on Thursday 22nd February. Schools may leave the school after the close of the festival at 12:30pm on Sunday. A late afternoon/early evening flight on Sunday may be booked as long as schools can remain at the school until 12:30pm.

ISTA artists

ISTA artists will need to arrive on Wednesday 21st February 2018 in time for an evening meal and may leave the school on Sunday after 1:00pm. Please arrange flights accordingly.
The ISTA Rep will arrive into Zurich by Tuesday evening 20th February 2018 to spend Wednesday in school with the host.
Artist travel information is required by 14th December 2017.


Registration fees

£206.00 per student – member schools.
£186.60 per student – Global Patron schools.
£157.50 per student – host school (first 25 students) and £206.00 thereafter.
Please notes this includes the cost of an ISTA t-shirt.

£20.00 airport transfers.
£10.00 out and about.

Total per student
£236.00 members, £216.60 Global Patrons, £167.50 host.

£28.00 – visiting member schools.
£97.00 – visiting non-member schools.
£20.00 airport transfers.
£10.00 out and about.
£12.00 ISTA t-shirt (optional).

Total per teacher/chaperone
£70.00 members.
£139.00 non-members.

Please note:
1. A £500.00 non-refundable, non-transferrable deposit will be invoiced upon booking.
2. A £500.00 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 £150.00 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

Visiting schools
All schools are responsible for booking their own travel and visas for the festival.
All schools will be met at Zurich International airport and will travel with their guide via public transport to the school. Schools will be given pre-paid tickets and will take public transport back to the airport at the end of the festival.
ISTA artists
ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights to the festival and this year will use our new travel agency for this. Artist teams will be activated 12 weeks prior to the festival and your EC will talk you through the new process for booking flights at the time of activation.
Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter Switzerland.


Hotel Ibis Adliswil
Zürichstrasse 105
8134 Zürich
Tel: + 044 711 85 85
The hotel has free WiFi.
The room rate is 109 CHF per person per night (Monday-Friday) and 99 CHF per person per night (Friday-Sunday).
Breakfast is included.
City tax is an additional 2.50 per person per night.
Therefore, if you are staying Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th February 2018, the total cost (including breakfast and tax) would be 314.50 CHF.
The journey from the hotel to the school is approximately 10 minutes on foot.
Teachers/chaperones and ISTA artists will walk to school daily.

Visiting schools

Rooms can be paid for on arrival or in advance by contacting
Visiting teachers and chaperones will be booked into single rooms at the hotel for the nights of 22nd, 23rd and 24th February 2018.
Visiting students
Students will stay with host families.
There will be no charge for accommodation.
Housing will be offered for three nights from the 22nd February 2018.
ISTA artists
ISTA will book and pay for single room accommodation for the nights of 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th February 2018.
The Rep will be booked in for an additional night (20th February 2018).
Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay at the hotel.


Visiting schools
Breakfast – for visiting teachers at the hotel, for visiting students with host families.
Lunches – provided by the host school (does not include Sunday).
Dinner – two evening meals provided; third evening meal is the social meal for visiting teachers and will be taken with host families for students.

ISTA artists
Breakfast will be taken at the hotel; all other meals will be provided by the host school.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 22 February at 16:00
Finishes on Sunday 25 February at 12:30


Zurich International School
Eichenweg 2
8134 Adliswil
Phone: +41 5875 02400


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• American College of Greece – PIERCE
• American Community School Amman
• American School Doha
• Inter Community School Zurich
• International School of Brussels
• St Julian’s School
• Zurich International School


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• Ben Vardy
• Helen Szymczack
• Laurie Neall
• Mike Pasternak
• Nicola Murray
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