Thursday 2. February / 2023

Sculptors continue their work: 30 individual competition ice sculptures are gaining shape in Jelgava

The fourth day of the 24th International Ice Sculpture Festival competition has concluded in Jelgava. Work on the creation of 15 team sculptures ended yesterday, but today, on February 2nd, throughout the day, world-renowned sculptors from 12 countries, creatively interpreting the theme of this year's festival "Ancient Deities", are creating 30 unique works of art - individual sculptures.


30 sculptors from Indonesia, Mongolia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia depict 30 different deities and mythological beings in ice, as well as those that embody the power and phenomena of nature, and those found in Greek, Egyptian, Aztec, Nordic and other cultures.

Sculptors use one block of ice, which is 180x105x50 centimeters in size and weighs one ton, to create individual works of art. The creation of ice sculptures is planned to be completed on February 3rd. Sculptors are provided with the highest quality edible ice without air bubbles, which melts much slower than naturally occurring ice. Each sculpture is created in an individual tent so that it is less affected by the weather.

From February 3rd to 5th, get to know the deities of different cultures in Jelgava - the most awaited winter event in the Baltics! More than 65 ice objectst, demonstration duels and shows, as well as a fulfilling cultural program withspecial musical guest stars from Latvia and Lithuania.



Tickets are available at all ticket offices of "Biļešu Paradīze" and on the website


The international ice sculpture festival is organized by the city of Jelgava and the institution "Kultūra" in cooperation with companies "Ramirent" and "Husqvarna".


Take note! Visitors to the International Ice Sculpture Festival are cautioned not to bring pets, dogs will not be allowed in the event area. It is allowed to photograph and film sightseeing objects, but it is forbidden to fly unmanned aircraft or drones over the event area without coordination with the municipality.

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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