Jesolo Sand Nativity 2023-2024

Jesolo Sand Nativity, the sand sculpture exhibition that enchanted Pope Francis, can be visited in Piazza Brescia from Sunday, December 3, 2023, until Sunday, February 4, 2024.
Following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi – In the eight-hundredth anniversary of the Nativity scene at Greccio, this is the theme of the 21st edition.
The works of 14 professional sculptors depict the most significant episodes in the life of St. Francis of Assisi, created in collaboration with the Sacred Convent of St. Francis.


  • Saturday, December 2, at 6:00 PM: Jesolo Sand Nativity opens in Piazza Brescia
  • Friday, December 8: The Sand Nativity at the Basilica of Assisi is inaugurated

The Works and Sculptors:

The cast consists of 14 sculptors from around the world, directed by Canadian David Ducharme.

  • The Sermon to the Birds: Hanneke Supply (Belgium)
  • The Kiss of the Leper: Pedro Mira (Portugal)
  • The Prayer to the Crucifix: Jakub Zimacek Kuba Libre (Czech Republic)
  • The Rule: Richard Baldrick Buckle (United Kingdom)
  • Renunciation of Goods: Ilya Filimontsev (Russia)
  • Francis with the Sultan: Dmitrii Klimenko (Russia)
  • Francis Plays the Viola: Michela Ciappini (Italy)
  • St. Francis and the Wolf: Susanne Ruseler (Netherlands)
  • Francis Receives the Stigmata: Enguerrand David (Belgium)
  • Angels Play for Him: Helena Bangert (Netherlands)
  • Clare and the Sisters: Marielle Heessels (Netherlands)
  • Nativity: Radek Zivny (Czech Republic), Slava Borecki (Ukraine), Vadim Gryadov (Russia)

The Scream

The exhibition is enhanced by a monumental wooden sculpture, titled “The Scream,” created by artist Marco Martalar in 2021. It represents the cry of the woods devastated by the gusts of wind from the Vaia storm that hit the Asiago Plateau in 2018. The sculpture, made from red spruce forest waste and beech splinters, depicts a hand reaching upwards, symbolizing the value of the materials composing it, naturally inclined to assume new forms and continue the natural cycle of existence.

Opening Hours:

The Nativity scene is open until Sunday, February 4, 2024:
  • Monday to Friday: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM and 2:30 PM–7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: Continuous hours 9:30 AM–7:30 PM
  • December 23 to January 7: Continuous hours 9:30 AM–7:30 PM
Free admission.
Accessibility: No architectural barriers. Small pets on a leash are allowed inside the exhibition, held in arms.
Services: Bookshop, External toilets near the exit, accessible to everyone.
Guided Tours:
Monday to Friday (excluding December 23 to January 7), by reservation at the tourist information office, email Cost €30, maximum 30 people, Duration 20 minutes.

Technical Data

  • 750 sqm of exhibition area
  • 1000 cubic meters (approximately 1500 tons) of sand used
  • Sculptors at work from November 6 to 19, 2023
  • Since the first edition, over 1.6 million visitors have visited Jesolo Sand Nativity

History and Images

You can admire the most beautiful images of Jesolo Sand Nativity over the years by visiting the Photo Gallery: [Link to Photo Gallery]

For information and reservations

IAT Jesolo (Tourist Information and Welcome Office)
Tel. 0421 370601