FIESA to move from Pêra to Lagoa

FIESA, the Algarve’s legendary sand sculpture festival that annually transforms as many as 40,000 tons of sand, will be moving from its long-established home in Pêra to Lagoa in 2016.

Organisers Prosandart told the Resident: “We’re sorting out legal and bureaucratic matters and hope to have news in the coming months.”

It’s been known for some time that 2015 would be the last year FIESA would be held in Pêra, but other changes are also in the pipeline – possibly a new name and format, spokesperson Filipe Martins told us.

“The new festival will be a bit different, but it will essentially still be the same event everyone knows and loves,” he added.

Meantime, this year’s festival remains open throughout the winter between 10am and 6pm every day. Tickets cost €9.

This year’s theme is music and features sculptures of artists and musicians like Amy Winehouse, BB King, Jimmy Page, Lady Gaga, Frank Zappa, Bono and even Mozart and Beethoven.

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