There are several famous ice festivals held around the world, hosting competitions of ice sculpture carving. One of them is organized in Poznan, the capital of Greater Poland.
Every winter in Poznan you could visit a special outdoor festival and observe ice artists at work.
Ice sculpture is a form of sculpture that uses ice as the raw material. Sculptures from ice can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. Ice sculptures are generally associated with special outdoor events because of their limited lifetime.
The lifetime of a sculpture is determined primarily by the temperature of its environment, thus a sculpture can last from mere hours to possibly weeks or months.
Previous editions of Poznań Ice Festival used to be organized at the Old Market Square, around the Town Hall. This was a really spectacular place for such an exhibition.
However, because of the pandemic, in 2021, the 15th edition of “Poznań Ice Festival” took place in Arena in Jan Kasprowicz City Park. Thousands of people gathered there in order to watch how true art was being created.
The event lasted 3 days and during that time many wonderful artists from 11 different countries had a chance to show their carving abilities.
Sculptors used tons of ice and mixed it with undeniable talent so as to create masterpieces from ice.
There were 3 categories and events happening from 10.12.2021 to 12.12.2021, including even workshops for children.
One block competition “show me your country”
Speed Ice Carving
Workshops for children
In the main competition, Victor Dagatan (the Philippines) and Angelito Baban (the USA) ranked number one and therefore won a prize of 1500 EUR. Damian Wiśniewski i Michał Mizuła (both from Poland) took a second place, the third one – Marek Szewczyk (Poland) and Ludo Roders (the Netherlands). Nevertheless, all the participants showed undeniable talent and skills.
We highly encourage you to take a look on photos of these marvellous sculptures and maybe even come over to this event next year.
Watch the film about the Festival: