Jesolo Sand Nativity is back bigger and more beautiful. After the year of stoppage imposed by the pandemic prevention measures, the sand nativity scene was born twenty years ago thanks to an entirely Jesolo intuition promoted over the years by the Municipality of Jesolo, with the collaboration of the companies participate Jesolo Turismo and Jesolo Patrimonio, is preparing to amaze visitors.
It will do so in the new location in Piazza Trieste, a venue identified by the administration to allow the event to adequately accommodate an ever-increasing number of visitors, in a context of full serenity and safety.
Here, the Jesolo sand nativity scene will present itself with a grandiose layout and a rich exhibition, made up of monumental sculptures and perspective views with painted scenographies and olive trees, which will accompany visitors on an emotional and spiritual journey one of a kind.
With over 1 million visitors registered since 2002, Jesolo Sand Nativity is confirmed as one of the most important events of the winter season.
The theme chosen for the 2021 edition is "The Sand of Miracles", which will tell the miracles of Jesus as an invitation to reflect on the meaning of salvation. The church of the Redentore and the basilica dedicated to the Madonna della Salute in Venice are just two examples that testify to the profound link between faith and the hope of salvation and healing. In Rome, Pope Francis went to the church of San Marcello al Corso where a crucifix was kept which in 1521 was carried through the streets of the city during the plague. And according to the chronicles of the time, the epidemic ceased when the crucifix arrived in St. Peter's Square. For this reason, the Holy Father brought the sacred artifact to the basilica, exhibiting it during the prayer for the end of the pandemic.
From Tuesday 2 November, the team of 14 international artists has started the sand modeling work to bring out 12 sculptures dedicated to the miracles of Jesus and at the nativity. Artistic director Richard Varano (United States) will coordinate the group composed of Hanneke Supply (Belgium), Helena Bangert (Holland), David Ducharme (Canada), Baldrick Richard Buckle (Holland), Pedro Mira (Portugal), Michela Ciappini (Italy) , Marielle Heessels (Holland), Peter Busch-Jensen (Denmark), Enguerrand David (Belgium), Jakub Zimacek "Kuba Libre" (Czech Rep.), Radek Zivny (Czech Rep.), Charlotte Koster (Holland), Ilya Filimontsev ( Russia), Susanne Ruseler (Holland). Their activity will continue until November 17, modeling the approximately 700 cubic meters of sand brought in the last weeks into the tensile structure of the 750 square meters exhibition area.
In addition to expressing beauty and culture, Sand Nativity will keep faith with the solidarity commitment that has accompanied the Jesolo Christmas event since 2004. The offers collected during the two months of the exhibition will support important charitable projects in Italy and around the world. Up to now, the generosity of visitors has made it possible to contribute to the realization of humanitarian projects all over the world with over 700 thousand euros.
The inauguration of Jesolo Sand Nativity will take place Wednesday 8 December at 4 pm.
The exhibition will be open from 9 December to 6 February 2022 at the following times: from Monday to Friday 9.30am / 12.30pm - 2.30pm / 7.30pm. Saturday, Sunday and holidays open all day 9.30am / 7.30pm. From 25 December to 9 January open all day from 9.30am to 7.30pm.
Admission to the exhibition is free but only allowed to holders of green pass (children under the age of 12 are exempt). Inside the exhibition area, you will need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing, the latter rule to be adopted also outside when you are in the queue.
The structure has been equipped with 2 fan coils that guarantee total air exchange 6 times every hour.