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    Competition place: LEPPÄVIRTA in Middle Finland /17.12.2017/ The official invitation for your team.
    Dear ice carvers in the world
    We have the pleasure to invite your team to the first Cave Ice Carving World Championships. The competition will take place in the picturesque village of Leppävirta. Leppävirta is situated 330 km from Helsinki. The Ice carving competiton will take place in a large cave *) – 30-40 meters below earth. The temperature in the cave is all the time -5C.

    TEAM competition/ two persons. Participitants from 14 different countries.

    Thank you for your draft (sketch) of the work. If you have not send it, please send the draft as soon as possible to Kimmo Frosti.

    Theme for the competition: Suomi 100 – Finland 100 years (http://suomifinland100.fi/?lang=en)
    Competition scedule
    Leppävirta: Monday 13.2.2017 – Saturday 18.2.2017
    Arriving in Helsinki Sunday 12.2. Travel by bus to Leppävirta. Start from the Helsinki airport at 05.00 pm. Working time 45 hours, starting monday 13.2. at 09.00 am. Prize giving ceremony and closure on saturday 18.2. Returning to Helsinki 19.2. after breakfast. If you wish to stay an extra day or two in Helsinki it will be on your own expence.
    Every team will have 24-30 blocks of ice. One block is 100 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm (natural ice)
    Competition prizes for a team:
    I prize 4500 euros (= 5000 US dollars)
    II prize 3000 euros
    III prize 2000 euros
    IV – XII, prize 1000 euros
    Travel costs: The organizer, Jäälinna ry will pay the travelling costs for each competitor from their home country to Finland and return however, up to 250 euros / a competitor, against a ticket (receipt). Transportation is arranged from Helsinki to Leppävirta on sunday 12.2. and back to Helsinki on sunday 19.2..
    Accomodation and meals: Jäälinna ry will pay for the accomodation and meals ie breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    The winners and other ranking will be elected by an international jury consisting of persons representing media, visual art, travelling and ice carving. The spectators will choose their favourite.
    The organization will provide following:
    Manitou or tractor for lifting ice blocks
    Water buckets
    Snow shovels
    Extension cords for chainsaws
    Water point
    Led lights
    Power converter 110/230V if needed, please let us know in advance
    Sharpener for your tools
    Sculptors should bring following:
    Personal tools
    Winter clothes and shoes (boots etc.) Temperature in the cave is -5’C
    Other info
    Minimum height of the main sculpture should be at least 3 meters
    Team should make 3 sculptures:
    Main competition sculpture, min 3 m high. Theme: Finland 100 years (of independence) At least one sculputure from this theme
    Small ice slide for kids 3 m long. You will have a 2-3-m3 pile of snow for making the slide.
    Tip for saving money with luggage fees:
    Don’t pay extra fee for overweight luggage. Pack only 20 – 23 kg max for one bag. (limit depending on airline company). Instead manage your booking on airline website and add an extra bag of 20 – 23 kg. It could be much cheaper than overweight fees.
    For example: 23 kg + 5 kg extra weight costs 5 kg x 20€ = 100 €
    Extra bag registered at website, 25€

    Topic 2
    If someone is interested to stay longer in Finland and take part in local competitions, we are arranging one event after the CICWC in Mikkeli city 19.-22.2. (10 SOLO-sculptors)
    The prizes in this competition is 1. 500€; 2. 300 €; 3. 200€; 4.-10. 100€
    The local organizer will pay for the meals and accomodation during the competition and local journeys in Finland.
    Welcome to Finland
    Tuomo Jantunen Kaj-Erik Fohlin Kimmo Frosti
    Chairman Vice Chairman Art Director
    tuomo@jantunen.fi kajzufohlin@gmail.com kimmo@frostiart.fi