Wednesday 24. April / 2019

This Year’s Sand Sculpture Festival Will Bring Together Renowned Sculptors From Around The World

15 professional artists from eight countries – Latvia, Finland, Mongolia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Lithuania and USA – have confirmed participation in the 13th International Sand Sculpture Festival “Summer Signs 2019”, that will be held on 8 and 9 June. Within less than a week, the sculptors will bring the theme of this year’s festival "The Antique World" to life in Pasta sala.

This year, 55 sketches of sculptures from 16 countries were submitted to the Jelgava City Municipality Culture Centre "Kultūra" for the sketch contest. The selection process was particularly difficult, as not only were the sketches and ideas evaluated, but also the artist’s experience, potential and compliance with the theme. 15 ideas will be realized. In the submitted sketches, the sculptors have expressed their creative imagination and the theme has been interpreted in various ways. The festival will not only give us a chance to view these unique works, but also encourage us to think about why the artist saw the theme this way.


For the first time, Mongolia and Kazakhstan will be represented in the festival, also an artist from the USA has been chosen to participate in the contest again after eight years. This is one of the rare festivals in the world that has still preserved the contest format creating healthy competition and high quality works from the artists. The winners from previous years’ contests and titled sculptors from Russia, Ukraine and Finland will also compete for victory, while Latvia will be represented by two sculptors – Agnese Rudzīte-Kirillova and Zīle Ozoliņa-Šneidere.

The artists will arrive in Jelgava on 2 June, but the sand sculpture park will be open for visitors on 8 and 9 June, when, as usual, popular musicians will take care of the festive atmosphere in Pasta sala – Credo, Opus Pro, Dziļi violets and special guests from Lithuania – Colours of Bubbles, and others.


Within the 13th International Sand Sculpture Festival, the student collage contest "My Summer" will take place for the first time, where 1st to 4th grade pupils from across Latvia are welcome to submit their collages by 16 May. The authors of the best works will receive invitations to the festival and a bus ride to Jelgava. The exhibition of collages will be held in Jelgava City Municipality Culture Centre "Kultūra". Find more information about the collage contest Click here.

The 13th International Sand Sculpture Festival is organised by Jelgava City, Municipality Culture Centre "Kultūra" in cooperation with Ramirent Baltic AS Rīgas filiāle. Advance tickets are available at the box offices of "Biļešu paradīze" and online at

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