11th SAND festival – Kristiansand, October 6th to 10th 2015


Kristiansand, Norway, October 6th to 10th 2015
SAND 2015


The programming for the next SAND festival, previously ASSITEJ festival, has been released! We bid you welcome to Kristiansand and Norway for five days of surprise, suspense and splendour. Top notch performances from Norway and around the world, international encounters and an exciting side programme. Teasers now out! 

We received almost 150 applications from abroad and more than 50 from Norway. We are overwhelmed by the response! The applications have been assessed by our Artistic Advisory Board, who have made their recommendations. The programme has been released at the festival’s website:

About the festival
The SAND festival is an international performing arts festival aiming to present Norwegian and international performances of extraordinary quality. The biennale was established in 1994 and counts its 11th edition in 2015. The festival is centred around the beautiful theatre and concert hall Kilden in Kristiansand as its stronghold. The hall contains multiple theatres and several foyers and common rooms suitable as venues for performances and happenings.

ASSITEJ Norway’s overall goal is to contribute to raising awareness and boosting quality in professional performing arts for a young audience. Our ambition for the SAND festival is to be a national and regional force and an international door-opener for all professionals involved in professional performing arts for a young audience.

The SAND festival seeks to

– be artisticly challenging, presenting cutting-edge innovative and contemporary performing arts;

– explore different ways of facing young audiences;

– facilitate international encounters and exchange;

– bring together practitioners and researchers with a common interest in the young audience.

The 11th SAND festival focuses on The audience. The theme for the festival is Interplay. Examples of different forms of interplay are projects which seek to collaborate with young audiences locally; performances which are developed in dialogue with the target group; projects that adopt interplay with the audience as a strategy in the artistic process, or use participation as a central dramaturgical aspect of a production. Also, we stress interplay and encouters between researchers and practitioners. In order to reach artists who are not scheduled to perform at the festival, we aim to make the festival an attractive meeting point for international professional encounters and exchange.