Matera 2019

The sand nativity scene of Jesolo in the European capital of culture

In the wake of the great success of the 2018 Sand Nativity scene made in St. Peter's Square in Rome, this year Jesolo Sand Nativity 2019 enriches the cultural heritage of Matera , European capital of Culture , in a unique and special event.
The sand of Jesolo and the "Sassi" of Matera: two simple elements that meet and unite, talking about ingenuity, creativity, Italian culture.

The Sand Nativity is hosted within the National Exhibition of Italian Nativity Scenes, from 7 December 2019 to 6 January 2020 at the former prison - former San Rocco hospital.

"Jesolo achieves another excellent result, bringing the experience of Sand Nativity and its beauty to an extraordinary place. We still have in our eyes and in our hearts the images of the sculpture created in 2018 in St. Peter's Square, in the Vatican City - declared the mayor of the City of Jesolo, Valerio Zoggia. Now we meet Matera, a city with a millenary past, a UNESCO heritage site and a meeting point for European culture in 2019. Our nativity scene, an intuition of our city that creates art with a simple material like sand, finds in Matera, in its Sassi, in the stones with which a special bond is made, a sign of how man's ingenuity is able to transform raw material into culture with his own hands."

"We are thrilled to be able to bring Jesolo Sand Nativity to Matera, for Jesolo the reconfirmation of the goodness of this initiative and the value it has been able to create over the years, overcoming regional borders and reaching fascinating destinations added the councilor for tourism, Flavia Pastò -. After the Vatican experience, we are now preparing to face a new challenge, for which we feel ready and up to par. Until December we will work to create an artwork that can enhance the context in which it will be placed and remain in the memory of the people who will have the opportunity to admire it live. Matera will open another important window to the world, to demonstrate what Jesolo is capable of".

Virtual tour of the Jesolo Sand Nativity in Matera