Fantastic Ice Happening in Leppävirta
The first Cave Ice Carving World Championship (CICWC) in 2017 was a succes among competitors, organizers and audience. Positive and grateful messages was spread all over the globe by famous ice art carvers about the unique venue and organisation. 15 300 spectators visited the ice exhebition that lasted from february to june! The sculptures where in perfect shape all the time.
For these reasons the decision to continue and arrange the second competition and exhebition was easy.
In november 2017 an invitation was send to carvers around the world and we got 26 good applications (drawings, sketches). Unfortunately we could only take 12 teams (two persons) The selection was not easy but we managed. Of some reason we got many applications from the Far-East and we thougt that they could bring an exotic touch to the exhebition.
The chosen teams represent the top carvers in their country. They come from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, China and Mongolia (last year winner) Also other famous ice carving countries are represented, USA, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Sweden and Finland.
The competition begin on 3 february and last a week. Final results will be published on 10 februay at 16.00. The winners are chosen by an international jury. The competitors have to achieve a big at least 3 meter high sculpture adequate to the theme: Stone age in the Ice Cave.
The spectators will also choose their favourite work and they will also be allowed to to watch the carvers working on two days during the week (thursday and friday)
The competition venue is a cave 40 meters under the ground. It has enchanted the carvers for many reasons, no wind, constant temperature -5 degrees Celcius, accomodation and service just above in the Hotel Vesileppis plus that the cave will be illuminated with atmospheric lights and music. Yuo can’t find a similar cave like this anywhere in the world.
Plus the competition we build a childrens ice world with slides, ice labyrint, functional sculptures and snowmen. Every competing team has to make a sculpture for the children.
The Ice Cave is decorated and build by the famous finnish ice carving company Icemagic Oy led by Anssi Kuosa and his international team
The exhebition will be open for the public from 10.2. – 24.6.2018 everyday
The organizers for the event are:
Jäälinna ry, Chairman Tuomo Jantunen 0400-417272
Competition director Kaj-Erik Fohlin 040 7556721
Leppävirta commune, Business Development, Anu Häiväläinen
Leppävirran Hyvinvointi- ja liikuntakeskus Leppäkerttu Oy www.leppavirta.fi/liikuntapalvelut, Managing director Esa Salmiheimo; 040-7603265
Sport § Spa Hotel Vesileppis Oy www.vesileppis.fi
Managing director Kimmo Rossi 040-7274220
THE FIRST CAVE ICE CARVING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (CICWC) IN FINLAND 2017
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)
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
Extension cords for chainsaws
Power converter 110/230V if needed, please let us know in advance
Sharpener for your tools
Sculptors should bring following:
Winter clothes and shoes (boots etc.) Temperature in the cave is -5’C
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€
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
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