For its monumental 15th year, the Sand City is hosting not only the largest sand sculpture exhibition in the world, but a monthlong celebration with interactive activities and workshops. People come from across the globe to marvel at the art produced by talented international sculptors and experience a city temporarily taken over by sculpted beauty and splendor.
With its beginnings in 2003 Algarve, a group of international sculptors worked together to create a new and innovative way to sculpt without restrictions in a competition with no theme, called The Land of Dreams. Taking some inspiration from Portuguese history and culture, they incorporated the Torre de Belem and the Adamastor. It was met with much approval and enthusiasm from the public and garnered significant interest, allowing the event to take place for many years to come. Each festival since has had a new an exciting theme for artists to work with – the 5th festival was titled Wonders of the World and saw huge sand replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Angkor temple, Empire State Building, and the Sydney Opera House among others all inhabiting the Sand City.
Seven Arts is the theme of this year’s exhibition, with over 80 sandy scenes beautifully showcasing the arts of music, dance, theater, cinema, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, design, comics, photography, television, and gastronomy. Be sure to look out for a notable fresco by Miguel Ângelo incorporating the use of sculptures by Picasso and Dalí, children’s animation heroes, and scenes from the famous films of Manuel Oliveira and the writer José Saramago.
With workshops and activities fit for any age group, families and friends can learn to sculpt sand, experiment with clay sculpture, paint, and more. For the less artistically inclined, the Sand City offers educational guided tours, wonderful musical performances, as well as merchants and vendors.
Contact the Fiesta at:
Fiesa, Areias de Pêra, caixa n.º 10-V 8365 – 201, Pêra
Telephone: 282 317 084
Hours – Open Everyday:
March 20 to June 1: 10:00 – 20:00
June 2 to July 14: 10:00 – 22:00
July 15 to September 15: 10:00 – 24:00
September 16 to October 30: 10:00 – 20:00