The London Ice Sculpting Festival has announced a return to London’s iconic business and shopping district Canary Wharf, from 13–15 January 2011.

The Festival, held in Canada Square Park, sees teams of leading sculptors from around the world battle it out to be crowned the ice sculpting champions for 2011. This year’s theme will be LOVE LONDON! which will see the teams competing to showcase different aspects of London that make it one of the most exciting, vibrant cities in the world.

This year the festival will be bigger than ever with an additional challenge to test the skills of the sculptors. Launching the festival on Thursday 13th January from 3.30pm the sculptors will have just over 2 hours to create the best interpretation of ‘Pedal Power’.

Carol Cordrey, Festival organiser from Artalone says “London is world renowned for its music, dance, sport, architecture, business, pageantry, fine art, drama, red buses, shops and restaurants, all of which make it a magnet for visitors. The LOVE LONDON! theme will inspire innovative, exciting works of art for the 2011 London Ice Sculpting Festival which kick-starts Canary Wharf’s year of hugely popular programme of Arts & Events.”

The two person teams work against the clock and each other to create spectacular art from huge 2-metre tall blocks of ice. All sorts of equipment is used, from powerful chainsaws to delicate chisels. Winners are chosen from an expert judging panel, while visitors vote for a ‘Public’s Choice’ Award. Previous years’ creations have included human figures, birds, dolphins, London landmarks and a ship’s figurehead that gleamed like crystal in the sunlight.

Entry is FREE to what is set to be the biggest London Ice Sculpting Festival to date. The event has proved hugely popular in previous years, with crowds cramming Canada Square Park in January 2010 to see The Netherlands emerge victorious. Festival goers can have their own go at FREE Master Classes, supervised by the professionals from The Ice Box. In addition to this there will be Live Craving Displays indoors at Canada Place Retail Mall. Visitors over the age of 12 years get the chance to have fun sculpting polar bears from 30cm blocks of ice.

The London Ice Sculpting Festival has carved a niche for itself as a unique art event in the UK, and in doing so it has put the capital firmly on the international ice sculpting circuit.

Next to the Festival in Canada Square Park is the Canary Wharf Ice Rink, with arguably the best skating facilities in London. Canary Wharf has over 200 of the finest shops, bars and restaurants, offering Festival fans warming respite from watching the chilly creations in Canada Square Park.

Thursday, 13 January
3.30 – 5.30pm
Speed sculpting on the theme ‘Pedal Power’

Friday, 14 January
9am – 7pm
Festival Competition – Day 1 Live Carving, Canada Square Park Theme ‘Love London’

11am – 5pm
Master Classes at 2 locations ¬– Canada Square Park & Jubilee Place Retail Mall

11am – 5pm
Live Craving Displays – Jubilee Place Retail Mall

Saturday, 15 January
8am – 2.30pm
Festival Competition – Day 2 Live Carving, Canada Square Park Theme ‘Love London’

11am – 5pm
Master Classes at 2 locations ¬– Canada Square Park & Jubilee Place Retail Mall

11am – 5pm
Live Carving Displays – Jubilee Place Retail Mall

Saturday, 15 January
3pm
Prize giving ceremony

Free Master Classes

FRIDAY 14th & SATURDAY 15th
11am – 5pm Master Classes, Canada Square Park & Jubilee Place Retail Mall

Notes to Editors:

For more information visit www.londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk

Images from London Ice Sculpting Festival 2010 are available on request

About Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG)

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Aquascutum and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 12 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG is one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain.

Over 90,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025. Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.