From 9 until 11 February, Jelgava will host the International Ice Sculpture Festival for the 20th time, with this year’s theme being Dreams. In honour of this anniversary, the festival will have three locations: Pasta Island, Jānis Čakste Boulevard, and Duke Jacob’s Square. During the festival traffic intensity will increase and road congestions are possible. Drivers are strongly requested not to cross the bridge over Lielupe river but leave their cars on the parkings that will be available on both sides of the river. Municipality in cooperation with GPS navigation software Waze will develop the map of parkings and restrictions, which will help visitors to plan their traffic route.
The artists from 10 countries will participate in the competition in two categories: individual sculptures and team sculptures. 45 competition sculptures will be made during the festival: 30 small (individual) and 15 large (team) sculptures, as well as several additional photo sculptures, two ice bars, ice labyrinth and many more. During the process of sculpture creation and technical works Pasta Island (5th-9th February and 12th February) as well as the stadium of the LLU Faculty of Forestry (31st January-12th February) will be closed for visitors.
This year the main stage is located at Jānis Čakste Boulevard and construction works will start on 7th February, that is why on 7th-8th February the Boulevard will be closed for traffic at the road section from Liela street to LLU swimming pool; the Boulevard still will be available for pedestrians.
On 9th-11th February at the road section from Akademijas street to Jānis Čakste Boulevard Raina, Udens and Driksas streets will be closed.
There is only one bridge over Driksa and Lielupe rivers and, because of the increase of traffic intensity traffic congestion is possible. Visitors are strongly requested not to cross the bridges but leave their cars on the parkings that will be available on both sides of the river, whereas inhabitants are strongly requested to reach the venue on feet or to use public transport.
Those who come from Riga can leave their cars on the field in front of Jelgava castle, on the parking of Zemgale Olimpic center or Jelgava Ice hall. Those who come along Lietuvas šoseja, can leave their cars on the parking at Sporta street 2C and other available parkings.
Tour operators and travel agents can leave the busses at the parking behind Jelgava palace. Please note that this parking is only for busses. To reach the parking it will be necessary to drive under the bridge, so the bus height should not exceed 4 meters.
On Pilssalas street, next to the Tea house the parking for disabled people will be organized.
To skip the city around it is recommended to use A8 highroad Riga-Jelgava-Border with Lithuania (Meitene) or A9 Riga-Liepaja.
You can also use the railway. Look for schedule here: www.pv.lv
Municipality in cooperation with GPS navigation software Waze will develop the map of parkings and restrictions in real time mode, which will help visitors to plan their traffic route.
More information during the festival:
Municipal Center of operative information: 8787
Jelgava regiaonal center of tourism information: 63005445, 63005447