Sari, Mazandaran prov, Sept 7, IRNA-The First Sand Statue Festival (September 1-6) ended in the city of Babolsar bordering the Caspian Sea in northern Iran wrapped up its work on Tuesday.
The closing ceremony of the festival was attended by the caretaker of Mazandaran governorate, Director General of the provincial Culture and Islamic Guidance Department Hojatoleslam Mousa Rajaei and a number of local officials.
The six-day festival was held at the coast of Babolsar in Mazandaran province in two sections.
The sand statues of 30 sculptors were exhibited at the main section of the festival, while the artworks of 26 artists were showcased at the secondary section.
None of the sand statues on display were selected by the jury as the best artwork. However, during the closing ceremony, all the participating artists were lauded.
Rajaei said that given the tourists visiting Mazandaran have lots of spare time after spending some time at the sea resort and forest, they should be entertained with cultural and art programs.
He added that such festivals can provide memorable moments for the visiting tourists.
Meanwhile, the organizers of the festival declared that the event aimed to create a friendly atmosphere in which the visitors could easily communicate with one another.
Besides making use of materials of common application, creating a proper environment at the sea resort were among the basic objectives of Babolsar First Sand Statues Festival.
On the sidelines of the festival, a sculpture training workshop was held for children and adults. A number of sand statues in various forms including fish, automobile, animals were made by the visitors attending the workshop. A statue of the prominent poet from Mazandaran province, Nima Youshij, was also cast during the event.
Preserving environment, promoting cultural and ethnic beliefs, generalizing inquisitive art approach towards the issues associated with the Caspian Sea and introducing the artists' creative talents were among the most significant goals behind organizing the festival.
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