The Sand Sculpting World Championship will be held on Lange Voorhout in The Hague from 4 - 12 June 2018 as part of the 200 Years of Scheveningen Resort celebration. This is the first time that The Netherlands (The Hague) has hosted this unique world championship for sand sculpture, which is held once every 3 years.
In total, it will include 9 large sand artworks of no less than 4 - 5 meters high. Each sculpture is created by top artists, selected by the World Sand Sculpting Academy WSSA. Each artist will create his own design, based on the central theme "200 years of sea, sand and ..." Taking this central theme, the artists have maximum freedom to make a spectacular design and given the high creativity and inventiveness of the artists, each sculpture will tell its own story!
The participating artists come from Japan, Singapore, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Because the Netherlands is the host country, the Dutch participant will be excluded from the jury and 8 of the 9 sculptures will be judged by a professional jury. On 12 June, the professional jury will decide which sculpture is the best and which participant will be declared World Champion 2018.
4 - 12 June 2018 WK Sand Sculptures, 13 June - 19 August 2018 viewing
The creation of the sculptures by the artists will take place from Monday, June 4 until Tuesday, June 12. During this period, the public can watch the artists at work from 9 am to 5 pm. The competition will be officially closed on Tuesday 12 June at 2 pm. Judging will then follow and at 17.00 pm the new world champion will be announced. The sand artworks can then be viewed free of charge until 19 August 2018.
Spectacular evening lighting
The artworks will be spectacularly illuminated by a team of specialist light artists, so that during the entire period an evening visit to the sand sculptures on Lange Voorhout will certainly be worthwhile.
Guided tours on request
Group tours are possible on request, led by a guide. Cost € 6 per person. If there are less than 4 people you pay a minimum rate of € 24. Children aged 6-12 years € 3. Limited to a maximum of 15 participants per tour. If the group is larger, more guides will be available.
Lange Voorhout is accessible for prams, wheelchairs, walking frames and mobility scooters.
Feest aan Zee
It was exactly 200 years ago that Jacobus Pronk built the first bathhouse at Scheveningen, a small wooden construction containing four seawater bathtubs. This made Scheveningen the first seaside resort in the Netherlands. The entire city will be celebrating with festivals, exhibitions and shows, and that’s just for starters. The Volvo Ocean Race is coming to The Hague, and 11 huge sand sculptures will be created on Lange Voorhout during the World Championship Sand Sculpting. See the festivity-packed programme at feestaanzee.nl