For the 25th time the city of Jelgava welcomes to the most remarkable winter event in the Baltic States - the International Ice Sculpture Festival under a theme of TREASURES OF THE WORLD - on February 2nd to 4th. The festival anniversary celebration will take place in Pasta Island (Pasta sala), Jāņa Čakste Boulevard and open-air concert hall "Mītava with a wide range of cultural and entertainment offers. For more information take a look HERE.
Taking into consideration the high intensity of traffic organizers kindly ask all the traffic participants to be careful. Arriving at the festival location by car it is suggested not to cross the bridge over river Lielupe in order to avoid a traffic jam. There will be provided parking lots on both of the river sides. Use the app Waze for more convenience as well as following the traffic updates, nearest parking etc.
The main stage of the festival will be in Jāņa Čakste Boulevard, but sculptors will start work on the creation of sculptures on the Post Island from January 30th.
From January 30th at 9:00 AM to February 5th at (approximately) 9:00 PM, traffic will be closed on Jānis Čakste Boulevard in the section from Raina iela to Liela Street. From January 30th at 9:00 AM to February 5th, Raina Street, Udens Street and Driksas Street will be closed in the section from the Akadēmija street to Jānis Čakste Boulevard. In order to access the housing, residents of Raina Street are kindly invited to use Elektrības street, while residents of other buildings will have access to their housing. From January 29th to February 5th, it is forbidden to enter the Pasta Island, including till the ice skating rink in Pasta Island!
Restrictions for pedestrians
From January 30th at 9 AM to February 5th, Jānis Čakste Bulevard in the section from Raina Street to Liela Street is closed, providing access to the restaurant "Istaba" and the 1st and 2nd student hotel of LBTU. From January 31th to February 5th, the pedestrian bridge "Mītava" will be closed. From January 25th to February 18th, the Pasta Island will be closed for pedestrian traffic: from ice skating rink square to the direction of the open-air concert hall "Mītava", while from February 1st to February 5th at 12:00, the Pasta Island (including the Ice skating Rink) from Pilssalas Street.
In the city of Jelgava, Driksa and Lielupe rivers are crossed by only one bridge, therefore, jams are expected during the festival due to increased traffic intensity. Visitors of the festival are invited to park their cars on the bank of the river from which they plan to enter the city, and not to use the Lielupe Bridge, while residents of Jelgava are advised to walk to the event or use the city's public transport. We also invite festival guests who will go to Jelgava from Riga to use the train. For schedule visit:
When entering the city from the Riga, cars can be parked in the meadow opposite the Jelgava Palace and in the meadow on Cukura Street near the Lielupe River's left bank's promenade, Zemgale Olympic Center and Jelgava Ice Hall parking lots. When entering the city from the direction of Dobele or Šiauliai cities, drivers are invited to use the parking lot on Sporta Street 2C, where there are spaces for cars and buses.
Tour operators and travel agencies are invited to park buses in the parking lot behind Jelgava Palace and Pilssalas Street 1. This parking lot will be for buses only. Pilssalas Street, turning from Liela Street, is crossed by the Lielupes Bridge, so please note that the bus must not be higher than 4 meters. On Pilssalas street, near the "Silva" tea house, a parking lot will be organized for individuals with disabilities, which can be used by presenting a disabled parking permit and placing it in the car's interior near the windshield. People passing through the city in a hurry are invited not to enter the center of Jelgava and to use the following roads: A8 Rīga – Jelgava – Lietuva’s border (Meitene), A9 Rīga – Liepāja.
Click HERE to use WAZE.
Jelgava’s Municipality in cooperation with GPS navigation software Waze has developed the map of parking lots and restrictions in real time mode, which will help visitors to plan their traffic route.
The festival will be held in three places: on the Pasta Island, Jānis Čakste Boulevard and open-air concert hall "Mītava". This year, the festival gathers 30 world-renowned sculptors from 11 countries.
During the festival, the most impressive and largest ice objects - sculptures of 15 teams - will be on display on the Pasta Island. Each team of sculptors uses almost two tons of artificially frozen crystal clear ice to create sculptures. Also, the "Ledus vieni", “Atlantis” – lost treasures ice bar, special ice sauna, as well as various photo objects and attractions for children. Get acquainted with the program HERE.
Jānis Čakste Boulevard
30 individual ice sculptures made of 1.8x1.1 meters and 50 centimeters thick ice block will be placed along the length of Jānis Čakste Boulevard.
Lithuanian and Latvian music stars - Triānas Parks, Musiqq, Latgalīšu Reps, AC/DC Project, Aija Andrejeva, Jonis, Patrisha, Labvēlīgais Tips and DJ Mareks Ameriks will perform on the big stage in Jānis Čakste Boulevard.
Brīvdabas koncertzāle "Mītava"
In the open-air concert hall "Mītava" will perform - Ādolfs Alunāns Jelgava theater, Liepāja traveling circus "BEZTEMATA", SIA "Jogita’s Events", concert agency "Bravissimo", as well as Jelgava's Young Theater will offer theatrical plays and a concert show for children. Visitors will be able to watch how ice turns into works of art in exciting sculpture demonstration duels, which will be complemented by a fire show on Friday evening. All three days of the festival visitors will be able to play ice games and see the exhibition of works of the 25th anniversary International Ice Sculpture Festival collage competition.
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.
Entrance / Exit of the festival territory
To enter the festival territory there are 3 entrances/exits (view the map) as follows:
- On the Pilssalas Street next to the Tea House "Silva"
- Jaņa Čakste Boulevard on the crossroads with Lielā Street
- Next to Jelgava’s Student Theatre, Driksas street 7 (Jānis Čakste Boulevard)
Festival guests are invited not to leave the purchase of tickets to the last moment, but to buy them cheaper in advance until February 1st at sales points and on the website . In order to reduce queues at the box office at the festival venue, we invite you to buy tickets online, they can also be presented electronically using a smart device at the entrance.
- Pilssalas Street near the Tea House "Silva";
- On Jānis Čakste Boulevard at the intersection with Lielā Street;
- Near the Jelgava Student Theater at Jānis Čakste boulevard 7 (entrance from Driksa Street);
- In the parking lot opposite Jelgava Castle;
- Jelgava`s House of Culture (02.02. from 2 to 7 PM and on 03.02. from 10 AM to 3 PM)
Visitors to the International Ice Sculpture Festival are asked 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/ drones over the territory of the event without coordination with the municipality.
More information about the festival find HERE
Information call centers during the festival:
- Municipal Center of operative information: 8787
- Jelgava regional center of tourism information: 63005445, 63005447
We inform you that visitors of the festival may be filmed and photographed. The filmed and photographed material may be broadcasted, reproduced and distributed without limit.