Welcome to SAND International Festival of Performing Arts for a Young Audience in Kristiansand, Norway!
The SAND Festival has concluded – and we have the pleasure of presenting the performances at SAND International Festival from September 12-16, 2017.

SAND Festival is an investigating and exploring festival, which aims to present some of the most interesting, cutting-edge, and engaging performing arts for a young audience. Each year, the festival is programmed with the basis in a theme, and in 2017, the theme is ON THE RUN. With the refugee crisis as backdrop, our goal for SAND Festival 2017 is to bring people on the run into the light. We aim to bring forward the voices that not always are heard in the public sphere – and we want to show performing arts that makes visible those that flee from war and crises. With the help of an Artistic Advisory Board consisting of Siri Løkholm Ramberg (chair), Endre Sannes Hadland, Cliff A. Moustache,  Tony Reekie,​ Vera Micaelsen,  Siemke Böhnisch, and Johan De Smet, we have chosen seven productions that in different ways reflect and discuss the theme ON THE RUN.

All productions come from highly acknowledged international and Norwegian companies – and it is a pleasure to announce that Rimini Protokoll from Germany returns to SAND Festival with the production Evros Walk Water 2, alongside Theater Artemis (NL) with War, and Akram Khan Company (UK) with Chotto Desh.
The festival also showcases a handful of Norwegian performances which stand out both in form and method, like Hestnes/Popvic – There is a Noise, Pia Maria Roll – Run! Now!, Artilleriet Produksjoner – Soft Eyes, and New International Encounter – We Come from Far, Far Away.

In addition, the performance Phefumla – To Breathe visits the festival as a cooperation between Norway and South-Africa: Thando Doni, Ingrid Solvik and Wunderkammer Produksjoner. Kilden Theater will put on their brand new production Potatoes Have No Wings. Both productions thematise being on the run in wider sense – in terms of a escaping from grief or a problematic past.

At SAND 2017, we will explore, through performances, seminars and workshops, the relationship between art and the society, and specifically how performing arts can comment and explore traumatic and distressing experiences for young people and children, and how art can make room for an understanding and discussion of these events for a young audience.

See you in Kristiansand in September!