This festival has been running since 2003 and today it is the biggest sand sculpture festival in the world. Organised by ProSandArt, the International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA), when sculptors came to the Algarve to build Portugal’s first major sand sculpture event. Every year, this international sand sculpture festival attracts thousands of visitors.
FIESA- Festival Internacional de Escultura em Areia, also known as the International Sand Sculpture Festival, has been held in Pêra, Algarve, Portugal annually since 2003. Every year about 60 artists use 63,000 tons of sand to create 50 works of art. Sand City is the largest sand sculpture exhibition in the world.
The sand sculptures have an amazing amount of detail. Some sculptures even reach a height of 12 meters. All the sculptures are original and unique pieces of art. Every year, the exhibition has a different theme. Examples of these subjects are mythology, music, wonders of the world, the animal kingdom, and Star Wars. All the pieces of arts are made by real sand. They typically use the ‘compacting’ technics, In this technique, they take different size containers and simply tread them down to squeeze the sand together.
The summer is the best time for this festival since in this season there is little rain, which keeps the sand sculptures in good shape. Most people prefer to visit Sand city during the day or in the evening. In the evening, there is atmospheric lighting. The artists come from all around the world and employ several different techniques to create these sculptures. Some stand out more than others due to the size, the look, or technique that’s been used, and most feature instantly recognizable figures or characters that are fascinating to see. Included in the festivities are many activities related to sand sculpture. There are demonstrations and workshops as well as games and contests so that people can learn how it’s done. There is also an area set aside for younger visitors who have some fun and creativity. Every year, the FIESA international sand sculpture festival attracts thousands of visitors.