In the winter season, International Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the most beautiful and notable cultural events in Latvia. This year marks the 25th anniversary. In honor of this milestone and looking back in history and forward into the future, the festival’s theme this year is Treasures of the World. 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 and World-wide ice art scene becoming one of the TOP 10 largest ice sculpture competitions in the world. It is the biggest and most remarkable ice art event in Latvia and the Baltics.
This year, the festival will creatively challenge 30 artists from 11 countries: —Indonesia, Mongolia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Argentina, Estonia, Latvia, and Spain. 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.