SAND International Festival of Performing Arts for a Young Audience has become something of a must-see in Kristiansand, the jewel of the Norwegian southern coast. While traditional theatre is typically characterised by a quiet audience and performing artists on stage, the SAND Festival’s foremost aim is to engage. “The festival is playful, exploratory and experimental, and while it is targeted at children and youth we see that grown-ups are just as excited,” says Hilde Annette Aakre, general manager at organiser ASSITEJ Norway.