Media release:

25 November 2011



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The spectacular London Ice Sculpting Festival returns to Canary Wharf, one of the capital’s most stylish business and shopping districts, on Friday 13 & Saturday 14 January 2012. This year’s Festival, throughout Canary Wharf, is bigger and better than ever before, featuring brand new competitions, themes and attractions over two thrilling days.

The annual Festival, running for its fourth year, is FREE and visitors have the chance to see highly talented sculptors from around the globe, including the UK, France, Hungary, Portugal, Africa and Bulgaria as they compete to be crowned the 2012 champions.

Main Competition – Doubles – “Winter Sports”
As is tradition, 2012 will have brand new and inspiring themes to accompany each event at the London Ice Sculpting Festival. The main competition features the theme Winter Sports and each team works against the clock to create their own innovative design from a huge 2metre block of ice. The sculptors will have two days to wow the crowds and complete their masterpieces. From 09:00 – 19:00 on Friday 13 and 08.00 – 16.00 on Saturday 14 January, the competition in Montgomery Square is one not to be missed!

Winners of The London Ice Sculpting Festival will be declared in Montgomery Square on Saturday 14 January from 16.00.

Speed Sculpting Competition – Singles – “Team Spirit”
Directly following judging of the main competition, the singles competition showcases individual skills from some of the world’s most experienced sculptors. Each competitor will have just 1½ hours to carve the theme of Team Spirit from a 1metre ice block at great speed! Visitors can see these works of genius take shape before their very eyes from 14.30 – 16.00 on Saturday 14 January. The winner of the speed sculpting competition is determined by Public Choice Award. Cast your vote online at or in person at the Festival itself.

What’s New for 2012?
Each year the London Ice Sculpting Festival gets bigger and better with more fun filled things to see and do. In 2012, everyone can enjoy making snowballs, snowmen or even snowcastles in the new Snow Pit*. Whatever the age, this covered area of REAL snow is sure to bring out the inner child!

If thoughts of ice and snow require something to take away the chill, why not visit the charming Frost Fayre also located in Montgomery Square? With winter stalls selling many freshly prepared winter snacks and drinks, spectators can feast on fresh hot chocolate, delicious mulled wines, Alpine raclette, pancakes, hog roast and an array of sweet treats.

Visitors will also be able to stroll to Jubilee Park and view ‘Marbles’, an interactive artwork by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde. Eight large coloured moulded shapes will be arranged in groups to interact with people walking through the landscape via sound, light and colour. Each ‘marble’ is alive with sensors that instinctively respond to human proximity, as well as the presence of telephones, laptops and other objects, triggering changes of colour and sound.

After seeing the professionals cut their stuff, spectators can have a go at sculpting their very own Husky dog. On 13 & 14 January the Festival offers 20-minute masterclasses supervised by the professional event organisers The Ice Box. Children must be 12+ and accompanied by an adult and the classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book simply head to Canada Square Park or Jubilee Place Shopping Mall and sign up.

The enthralling London Ice Sculpting Festival is a unique, FREE art event and has carved a niche for itself, putting the capital firmly on the international ice sculpting circuit. 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. With so much to see and do, Canary Wharf and The London Ice Sculpting Festival provide the perfect mix of entertainment and shopping for everyone.

London Ice Sculpting Festival 2012 – Event Details

Date Time Activity
Friday, 13 January 09.00 – 19.00

continues Sat

10.00 – 18.00

12.00 – 16.00

10.00 – 18.00

Main Competition – Doubles
Montgomery Square

Canada Square Park

Jubilee Place Shopping Mall

Snow Pit
Montgomery Square

Saturday, 14 January 08.00 – 14.00

14.30 – 16.00

10.00 – 18.00

10.00 – 18.00 Main Competition continues Montgomery Square

Speed Sculpting Competition – Singles
Montgomery Square

Masterclasses at
Canada Square Park
& Jubilee Place Shopping Mall

Snow Pit
Montgomery Square

Saturday, 14 January From 16.00 Prize giving ceremony at Montgomery Square

Tuesday 9 January – Friday 2 March Marbles, an art exhibition in Jubilee Park

For more information visit or
Images from London Ice Sculpting Festival 2011 are available on request.

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Notes to Editors:

*The Snow Pit is free to all ages and participation is on a first-come-first-served basis but children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

*Masterclasses are free & take place on the hour and at 20 minutes or 40 minutes past. Children must be 12+ and accompanied by an adult. The last masterclasses begin 20 minutes before the finishing time
About Canary Wharf Arts & Events

The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors. Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

Canary Wharf Arts & Events is part of Canary Wharf Group plc. For more information visit or contact arts&

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There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Eight new bars and restaurants have opened in the past two years to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

More than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers can be found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, including recent shows by Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

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 has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

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