On June 7th, Berlin’s biggest and without doubt most beautiful “sand pit” is going to open its gates for the sixth time at the Berliner Hauptbahnhof.
Again, the most renowned sand sculpture artists from all over the world will come together for the International Sand Sculpture Festival SANDSATION. Welcoming up to 120,000 fascinated guests each year, the only urban sand art festival in Europe easily established itself in Berlin’s vast cultural landscape.
The venue for SANDSATION 2009 is yet again the area by the Berliner
Hauptbahnhof. From June 7th until August 30th there’ll be carving, moulding, partying and sun bathing on the 4,000sqm site. “The central position serves us perfectly”, says Anja Smolle, producer in Berlin. “Located in the middle of Berlin’s metropolitan travel and business jumble, the festival site acts like a summer oasis. We’re very pleased that the Bezirksamt Mitte made this area by the Berliner Hauptbahnhof available to us once again.”
The real SANDSATION fans just cannot wait for the “Small Opening” on June 7th, which is when the artists can be seen at work and the creation of the tall art works can be experienced firsthand. For the “Grand Opening” on June 11th the team sculpture has to be perfect since at 4 p.m. the winning team of the 1. USF World Double Championship Award will be announced. After the award ceremony the sand art exhibits will be on display for another nine weeks.
This year’s SANDSATION very much appeals with its great and diverse
supporting programme. There will be salsa courses, workshops for kids as well as live music: something for everybody! Also, a striking food and beverage area will be set up on the SANDSATION site, which is for hire. (Call 0176-96 88 62 79)
The site is located directly at Berlin’s main station (Hauptbahnhof), exit “Europaplatz” with unique beach atmosphere at the northern Humboldt port. Entrance via Invalidenstraße, opposite if the museum “Hamburger Bahnhof”
Local public transport
Bus to Hauptbahnhof: M41 / TXL, to Invalidenpark: 120 / 147; 240 / 245, M85
S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof: S5 / S7 / S75 / S9
U-Bahn to Zinnowitzer Str.: U6
Street car to Zinnowitzer Str.: M6 / M8 / 12
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ICE connections to Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Hannover, Frankfurt, München, Köln …
(Photo: Jens Ostmann)