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Glasgow High School Festival

April 7 - April 9 2016
United Kingdom
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In Scotland’s recent referendum on independence, 80% of young people aged 16 plus voted. What do young people have to offer to politics and how can they develop their power to effect change? How do we ensure their voices are heard? What can theatre do across the world to promote the right to vote, defeat political apathy and explore the responsibility this freedom brings?


A tour of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and visits to historical and political sights in the city.


All ensembles will be devising.


There will also be a production ensemble (replacing the old tech ensemble) at this festival and as such we will be asking all visiting schools to bring a small group of non-performance students to this event. These young people will need to be signed up prior to confirming your group.


ACS Hillingdon International School

American Overseas School of Rome

Calderdale Theatre School

Dresden International School

International School of Dusseldorf

Robert College

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Wiesbaden High School


Artistic Director: Dinos Aristidou

Rep: Anne Drouet

Student Ensemble Leader: Mhairi MacInnes

Student Ensemble Leader: Avital Manor Peleg

Student Ensemble Leader: Chris Salisbury

Tech: Chris Bérubé


Hector Macpherson Brown/Jess Thorpe


Tom -


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

100 Renfrew St

Glasgow G2 3DB


United Kingdom


Tel.: + 44 141 332 4101


Registration opens on 11th February 2016 and closes on 25th February 2016.


Please have your group confirmed by 11th February 2016 so that registration can take place on time.


Travel forms need to be submitted by 10th March 2016.


A specific timeline for this festival will be sent to all teachers in charge of groups by early October. This will help with planning and meeting key deadlines.


All visiting schools will need to be in Glasgow by 9:00pm on Wednesday 6th April 2016. Departures should be planned for Sunday 10th April 2016.


ISTA artists will need to arrive into Glasgow in time for an evening meal on Tuesday 5th April 2016 and can leave from Sunday morning onwards.


The festival begins at 9:00am on Thursday 7th April 2016 and finishes in the evening on Saturday 9th April 2016.


Visiting schools and ISTA artists must ensure they can attend the festival in its entirety.


Registration fees


Students - member schools: £206.00 (including cost for t-shirt).

Teachers - member schools: £34.00 (catering fees).


For more details, including registration for host school students, non-members and global patron rates, please see


Surcharges (all participants including visiting teachers)


1. Out and about: £10.00.

2. Airport transfers: £10.00.

3. Hostel accommodation, bed and breakfast (single rooms for visiting teachers and chaperones and shared rooms for students) for four nights arriving on 6th April 2016: £74.00 students; £120.00 teachers.

4. T-shirts: £12.00 (teachers only if required as included in student registration fee).


All registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed. A £500.00 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit will be invoiced upon booking. This amount will be deducted from your final invoice.


Visiting schools

All schools are responsible for securing their own travel and visas for this festival.


Schools will fly into Glasgow International Airport (not Glasgow Prestwick) or get the train to Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street.


Schools that arrive into Glasgow International Airport will be met at the airport by a member of staff from the RCS and taken to the hotel in buses.


Groups arriving by train will be walked to their accommodation (no more than a 10 minute walk).


Daily travel

Visiting teachers and students will be met and walked to and from the RCS each day.


For the out and about



ISTA artists

ISTA artists are responsible for booking their own flights/train to Glasgow International Airport (not Glasgow Prestwick) and may start planning once they receive the activation email from Jo, 12 weeks prior to the festival date.


Artists are also responsible for ensuring they have the necessary visa to enter the United Kingdom.


Artists will be met by a member of staff from the RCS and taken to the hotel.


Artists will walk to and from the RCS each day.


All visiting teachers/chaperones and students will stay at:

Euro Hostel Glasgow

318 Clyde St



G1 4NR


+44 (0) 141 222 2828


The is free wifi throughout the hostel.


The hostel is a 15 minute walk from the Royal Conservatoire.


Visiting teachers

Single room accommodation will be booked on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th April 2016.


Teachers will be expected to chaperone their students at all times when not in sessions.


Visiting teachers will then be responsible for paying for rooms upon arrival. We can make provision for schools to pay hotel bills ahead of time. Any queries please contact Jo.


Visiting students

Visiting students will stay in shared rooms at the hostel.


Where possible they will stay with peers from their own school.


ISTA artists will stay at:

Jury's Inn Glasgow

80 Jamaica Street



G1 4QG


+44 (0) 141 314 4800


ISTA will book and pay for single room accommodation for the nights of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th April 2016.


The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the Royal Conservatoire.


Artists will be responsible for any miscellaneous costs during their stay at the hotel.

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