A Sandsational three weeks
Sandsation 2017, part of the festival, will feature more than 30 intricately-carved and larger-than-life sand sculptures of some five metres in height.
Bring your family or grandchildren down to the three-week festival “Sandsational Fun at Sentosa” come September 1 to 17. Anchoring the festival will be Sentosa Sandsation 2017, which will feature more than 30 intricately-carved and larger-than-life sand sculptures of some five metres in height. Spread over 2,400 sqm of exhibition space on Siloso Beach, guests can journey through three zones showcasing difference experiences, from 10am to 9pm daily. Admission to the festival is free.
Zone 1 will comprise of “Our Sandsational Singapore (Singapore, Ho Say!)”, an exhibition with 15 three-dimensional sculptures inspired by Singapore’s unique blend of culture, humour, quirks and colloquialism. These intricately-carved sand artworks will depict various facets of Singaporeans’ everyday life, both past and present.
In Zone 2, Sentosa will play host to 14 world-renowned sand masters from 13 nations, who will be showcasing their creative sand works around the theme, ‘Imagination’ in the Sentosa International Sand Sculpturing Championship. Among the participants of the championship are Sudarsan Pattnaik from India, David Enguerrand from Belgium, Leonardo Ugolini from Italy, Sergio Ramirez from Spain, Borecki Wiaczeslaw from Poland, Calixto Molina from Mexico, Aleksei Shchitov from Russia, Bob Atisso from Togo, among others. These sand masters will pit their skills against each other from August 28 to 31 August 2017, with the top three winners walking away with cash prizes totalling more than S$12,000.
In the last zone, Zone 3, internationally-acclaimed Singapore sand artist, JOOheng Tan, will commemorate his 20th year of transforming ordinary sand into incredible artworks through a series of interactive sand art pieces. In this technique pioneered by JOOheng, guests will “step into” the art pieces and become part of the artwork. This showcase pays homage to his first solo exhibition held at Sentosa’s Palawan Beach back in 2010. The immersive sand work in this zone will be refreshed every week.
Visitors to Sentosa Sandsation between Mondays and Thursdays will be able to witness the master at work, while Sentosa Islander members will get the exclusive opportunity to snap a photo with the interactive sand works from Fridays to Sundays. In the final week of the exhibition, JOOheng will also translate a child’s imagination of Singapore’s future into sand sculpture. The image will be selected from Sentosa’s Children’s Drawing Competition held from August 10 to 28 in conjunction with Sentosa Sandsation.
There will be other activities happening in September in Sentosa including the dazzling Merlion Magic Lights, an iconic and ever-popular light and music show which will feature a new neon theme starting September 1. There will also be beach-themed films at Movies by the Beach located at Palawan Green. For more activities, go to: www.sentosa.com.sg/sandsation or call the hotline at 1800-SENTOSA (7368672). Watch out also for various deals that will be happening relating to Sentosa Sandsational including a discount on the unlimited Cable Car Sky Pass.
Besides all this, more good news, especially for Singapore residents, between September 4 to 10, they will enjoy free entry into Sentosa via the Sentosa Express and Sentosa Gateway, as part of the resort island’s 45th anniversary celebrations.