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Friday, April 15, 2011

FIESA 2011 - 9th International Sand Sculpture Festival (Pêra, Algarve)



Now in its 9th edition, the International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA) brings to Pêra in Algarve, some of the best sand sculptors in the world, showing their artistic skills and creativity through the creation of amazing works of art made with sand.

In this year's edition, until June 15th, visitors will have the chance to observe the creative process of some of the sculptures, something that will certainly add to enhance the public's experience.

In similarity with previous editions, FIESA 2011 offers a space where children and grownups may try their creative skills on this form of artistic expression.

During the night , the festival will also include shows and performances and video projections.

Since it's start in 2003, FIESA (Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia) presents a different theme every year. This year's theme is "Animal Kingdom", a freely translation of "Animalândia" where artists were invited to represent animal in a humouristic manner and personified through human behaviours, at the same time paying tribute to characters from children and adults fiction.

Scenes with endangerous species in their natural habitat show the concern of the aritsts and of the organization toward the environment and the preservation of species.

Organized by ProSandArt, FIESA is considered the world's largest sand sculpture festival due to its occupational area (near 15,000 sqm) and for the size of the sculptures created from 35,000 tones of sand.

FIESA 2011 was inaugurated today and can be visited everyday from 10h00 to 20h00 between April 15 and June 15 and between September 15 and October 15.
From 10h00 to 24h00 between June 16 and September 14.

Admission is free for children up to 5 years old and there are special prices for groups, schools and kindergartens (call to reserve: Mobile: (00351) 969 459 259 / Fax: (00351) 282 317 084)
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