Monday 6. February / 2023


Yesterday on February 5th the 24th International Ice Sculpture Festival concluded in Jelgava. During the entire weekend, from February 3rd to 5th, in three places in the city - Jānis Čakste boulevard, Pasta Island and the open-air concert hall "Mītava" - it was possible to enjoy the cool art by looking at more than 65 ice objects created by 32 world-renowned artists from 12 countries on the theme "Ancient Deities". Visitors could also watch demonstrations of ice sculpture creation, attend concerts of local and Lithuanian musicians and enjoy engaging performances and various attractions. The festival ended with concerts of the groups "Pērkons" and "Bermudu Divstūris" which had a big turnout.


On the final day of the festival, the cultural program was introduced by fun play performances of the Jelgava Jaunais Theater for the whole family, as well as a performance for children by the creative association "Teātris un Es". On Jānis Čakste boulevard and Pasta Island there were demonstrations of sculpture creation, performed by sculptors Agnes Rudzīte-Kirillova and Zīle Ozoliņa-Šneidere.

On the other hand, Sanita Rāviņa and Kārlis Īle held exciting duels of sculptural art on the stage of the "Mītava" concert hall, creating ice sculptures in front of the visitors and discovering ways to make the cold material "obedient". Sunday evening's cultural program was concluded by the concerts of popular Latvian musical groups "Pērkons" and "Bermudu Divstūris".

During the ice sculpture festival, people of the Jelgava city and guests could appreciate more than 45 competitive ice sculptures made by 30 world-renowned sculptors. During the week, competing for the title of the best sculptor, 30 sculptors from 12 countries made impressive ice sculptures in two competition categories - team and individual. Contest results. Also, the range of ice objects of the festival was supplemented by photo sculptures, various frozen objects and the ice bar of the "Ledus vīni" winery.

We would like to remind you that traffic will be closed on Jānis Čakste boulevard, Driksas street and Ūdens street on Monday, February 6th until 8 PM due to the necessary site arrangement and dismantling works.

The International Ice Sculpture Festival is organized by the city of Jelgava and JVPI "Kultūra" with the support of the companies "Ramirent" and "Husqvarna".

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