The International Sand Sculpture Festival (FIESA) is the world’s largest sand sculpture event. It was first held in 2003 in Pera in southern Portugal and this tradition has continued every year since. The festival covers an area of 3.7 acres (15,000 square meters). Some 35,000 tons of sand are used each year to create around 50 large and detailed sculptures to a certain theme, which changes from year to year (e.g. music, wonders of the world, discoveries, etc.). The theme for the 2016 competition shall be music once again.