The International Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the most beautiful and notable cultural events to take place in Latvia during winter. This year marks its 20th anniversary. In honour of this milestone and looking both back in history and forward into the future, the festival’s theme this year is laconic yet meaningful – Dreams. During its many years of existence, the International Ice Sculpture Festival, which takes place in Jelgava, has grown and gained popularity not only among visitors and artists, but also on the European ice art scene, also becoming one of the TOP 10 largest ice sculpture competitions in the world. It is the biggest and most anticipated ice art event in Latvia and the Baltics.
This year, the festival will creatively challenge 30 artists from 10 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway and China. With their artwork, the sculptors will reveal the unique nature of ice as a working material – it is transparent, fragile, unfamiliar and not always readily available, which fascinates not only the artists themselves, but also the audience.