Traditional sand sculptures are sandcastles. However, at sand festivals one may see virtually any kinds of sculptures you would expect to see in stone, bronze or wood.
The Sand Sculpting Australia festival has been held annually in Frankston, Victoria since 2008, and was held for seven years prior to this on the foreshore at Rye, Victoria. This event features a different theme each year, with the 2008-2009 theme being dinosaurs in an exhibit called "Dinostory".
- Clam Harbour, Nova Scotia
- Lac Beauchamp Park
- Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia Former Host of the World Championships of sand sculpture. Fort Myers Beach Florida, is the Host of the Solo Division in 2011. Siesta key Florida will Host the Doubles Division. See www.worldchampionshipofsandsculpting.com for more info.
Germany conducts regular sand festivals in:
- Berlin (SANDSATION). The one in July 2005 was called SANDSATION 2005.
2010 : 6.June - 28. August near O2-world
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Indian sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created a sculpture in memory of the victims of the tsunami disaster in Puri, south of the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, Bhubaneshwar. The determination of this man, support, and a consorted effort from his friends in Puri, culminated in the formation of the Golden Sand Art Institute 1995. The institute is an open-air institute with no boundaries and limitations. It is located on the seashore that spans between Hotel May Fair Beach Resort and the Panthanivas in Puri.
Goa Sand Art Festival is an annual event hosted in Goa, in association with Goa Tourism. The ‘Goa Sand Art Festival’ is a three day festival held at Candolim beach, which is one of the pristine beaches in Goa. It is a three day art festival held in December on the weekend before Christmas with different themes to highlight a particular issue. The Goa Sand Art Festival conceptualized and organized by Jerry Jose is one of its kind art festivals involving the students and upcoming artists.
The Goa Sand Art Festival 2009 was the year of its inception. The theme for 2009 was global warming which was conveyed through six different sand sculptures. Around 12 upcoming artists mainly sculptor students from Mumbai, Pune and Goa participated in the festival. Each sand sculpture was like a campaign which highlighted the theme. The main attraction of Goa Sand Art Festival 2009 was a sculpture of ‘Mother Earth’ which was beautifully sculpted by the entire team. The three day festival attracts over 1, 000 people including many passer- bys and tourists from around the world.
About Goa Sand Art Festival 2010: The highlight for this year’s festival is a theme park depicting ‘Wildlife Conservation’. Around 3 days prior to the main festival, the students and the artists from Mumbai, Pune and Goa will start work on their creations. You can look forward to seeing a unique theme park with different endangered species: made completely out of sand! The theme park will be open to public for three main days of the festival, from Friday, 17 Dec – Sunday, 19 Dec 2010 at Candolim Beach. Entry is free to the public and all are welcome to enjoy this one-of-a-kind genre of art.
Since 2011, Sand Castle Contest has been an annual event held every year in Karachi at Seaview Beach by Lets Build On (LBoN) under the theme of "Clean Beach; Clean Karachi" which has 10 events annually around the beach in its loop & all are lead by Dr Zsuzsanna Fajcsak..
This year in 2012 on 9 September, the 2nd Sand Castle Building Contest was held where around 250-300 participants including families, kids, students & foreigners joined it. Many innovative & attracting sculptures of dolphins, octopus, castles, monuments & other things were made at the contest but the center of attraction was the sand sculpture of a mosque that was made by Syed Arif Shah, a young Pakistani who is an expert of Sand sculpture making and can make any design in couple of minutes only.
The International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA), described as the largest sand sculpture event in the world, has been held in Pêra, Algarve annually since 2003. Check out the beautiful sand sculptors by Pakistani teams at the 2nd Sand Castle Building Contest http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.455860434437309.102700.224430527580302&type=1
International festivals of sand sculptures (фестиваль песчаной скульптуры) are organized in Russia.
In 2002 an international festival was held in Anapa.
There are several master level sand sculpting competitions in the U.S. Many of them like Sand Castle Days on South Padre Island, Texas or The American Championships on Fort Myers Beach, Florida have been around since the late 1980s. These events bring in sand sculptors from around the world, hosting between 10 and 30 sculptors. The US also hosts many amateur level competitions on beaches around the country. Savannah College of Art and Design hosts a Sand Arts Festival every April.
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- "Lets Build On".
- "Dr Zsuzsanna Fajcsak".
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- "Sand competition brings out the sculptor inside Karachiites".
- "2nd Sand Castle Building Contest - LBoN".
- Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival