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2009 International Festival of Sand Sculptures - Lido di Jesolo - Italy. 19 June - 31 July 2009. The theme of the 12th International Festival of Sand Sculptures is The Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. This year the 18 participating artists recruited by Richard Varano compete by reproducing the scenes, mythological figures, and the most famous characters from this immortal tale, enriched with spectacular sets. Artistic Director: Richard Varano (USA) - Artists: Dan Belcher (USA), Damon Farmer (USA), Brad Goll (USA), Ray Villafane (USA), John Gowdy (USA), Karen Fralich (CAN), Alexey Shchitov (RUS), Vladimir Kuraev (RUS), Katsuhiko Chean (J), Radek Zivney (REP.CECA), Kevin Crawford (AUS), Marjon Katerberg (NL), David Ducharme (USA), Peter Vogelaar (CAN), Ilya Shannin (RUS), Andy Bergholtz (USA), Lars Borst (NL), Alexey Diakov (RUS).