Friday 3. February / 2023

Laureates of the 24th International Ice Sculpture Festival are awarded

Today, on February 3rd, the most awaited winter event in the Baltics has begun - the 24th International Ice Sculpture Festival. This year, 30 professional sculptors from 12 countries – Indonesia, Mongolia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia – created the competition art works made of ice on the theme of "Ancient Deities". In the festival’s opening ceremony, the winners of the Ice Sculpture Competition were announced at the award ceremony:



JURY'S CHOICE AWARD/ Individual sculpture

Wiaczeslaw Borecki (Poland)



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JURY'S CHOICE AWARD/ Individual sculpture

Ainars Zingniks (Latvia)

“Grand-grandfather was a minotaur”


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JURY'S CHOICE AWARD/ Team sculpture

Zīle Ozoliņa-Šneidere, Ainars Zingniks (Latvia)

“Mars is better frozen”




Tautvilas Povilionis, Marijus Petrauskas (Liethuania)



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Individual sculpture – 3rd place

Arsentii Samoylov (Ukraine)

“The ruler of forest” (Leshy)


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Individual sculpture – 2nd place

Mindaugas Tendziagolskis

“Two face” (Jan)



Individual sculpture – 1st place

Oleksij Poda (Ukraine)



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Team sculpture – 3rd place

Artem Samoilov, Arsentii Samoilov (Ukraine)

“Mavka” (reflection in the night)


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Team sculpture – 2nd place

Munkh Erdene Tsagaan, Uugantsetseg Enkhtaivan (Mongolia)

Ancient shaman


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Team sculpture – 1st place

Vytautas Musteikis, Kestutis Musteikis (Lithuania)

“The never-ending fight”



During the weekend on February 4th and 5th get to know the mysterious sculptures, ancient deities of different cultures in Jelgava, the largest Ice Sculpture Festival in the Baltics! More than 65 works of art that are made of ice, demonstration duels and shows, as well as a wide cultural program with the participation of popular musicians from Latvia and Lithuania. The festival area is open to visitors from 10 AM to 10 PM.

This year the spectators will be delighted by the "flash sculptures" as well. On Saturday and Sunday, actively creating new objects of ice, the sculptors will demonstrate their skills both in exciting demonstration duels at 5 and 7 PM in the concert hall "Mītava" and in open-air shows at 2 and 4 PM on Jānis Čakste boulevard and Pasta Island.

The youngest guests of the event and their families are invited to celebrate the ice festival in the concert hall "Mītava", where fun games and theatrical performances will take place on February 4 and 5 at 12, 1 and 2 PM.  During the festival, the nearby "Pasta sala" ice skating rink and various attractions will also be available.

On the evening of February 4th at 6 PM band "Big Al & The Jokers" will take the stage, and at 8 PM Lithuanian stars - "The Roop" will perform. The Latvian musicians "Pērkons" will captivate the audience of concert hall "Mītava" on February 5th at 6 PM and the festival's stage program will be closed at 8 PM by "Bermudu Divstūris".

The visitors of the event are invited to dress according to the weather and before going to Jelgava, familiarize themselves with the traffic organization scheme, which will also be available during the festival in the "Waze" mobile app.


Tickets are available at all "Bilešu paradize" ticket offices and on the website

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


By arriving at the event, the visitor agrees to be filmed and photographed. Recorded material may be broadcast, reproduced and distributed without restriction.

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