Media Release – 28 November 2012

London Ice Sculpting Festival 2013

Once again, the London Ice Sculpting Festival is set to make a spectacular return to Canary Wharf from 11 – 13 January 2013. Creating magnificent sculptures from glistening blocks of ice, the Festival will feature teams from around the globe. In a nod to NASA’s ongoing Mars mission they will carve to the themes: The Wonders Of The Universe and Infinity. The annual Festival is FREE and visitors have the chance to see highly talented sculptors from the UK, USA, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Latvia, Belgium and Portugal as they compete to be crowned the 2013 champions. One of the world’s premier business, leisure and shopping districts, Canary Wharf is hosting one of London’s favourite winter events for the fourth year running.

In 2013 London Ice Sculpting Festival will feature spectacular entertainment over three days, with the main action taking place in Wood Wharf and new, exciting attractions throughout Canary Wharf. There will be the ever popular ice carving Masterclasses, the fun, snow-filled snowpit, an interactive ice graffiti wall, ice chess, Winter Market and loads of not to be missed highlights including a special Northern Lights Laser Show!

Doubles Competition – “The Wonders Of The Universe”

This year’s theme calls on the world’s most talented ice artists to create the Wonders Of The Universe out of a gleaming 2-metre block of ice in the Doubles Competition. It will also see the introduction of the new Sculptors’ Prize, where the winning piece is chosen by their fellow sculptors. Carving against the clock from 11:00 – 19:00 on Friday 11 January in Wood Wharf, and continuing on Saturday 12 January from 10:00 – 12:00, the team’s creations will be truly mesmerising!

Singles Competition – “Infinity”

In the Singles Competition one member from each team will step up to a single 1-metre block of ice in Wood Wharf to work their magic in just a two-and-half-hour window. On Saturday 12 January from 13:00 – 15:30, catch the world-class sculptors carving to the theme Infinity to create something infinitely stunning against the clock.

Freestyle Competition

The final competition, new for 2013, will see all 24 sculptors carve and create wonderful designs with no theme at all, totally freestyle, open to interpretation and judged by the public! From 11:00 – 15:00 on Sunday 13 January in Wood Wharf don’t miss the chance to vote for your favourite finished piece in the Public Choice award, as well as seeing the winner crowned shortly afterwards.

Winners Announcements & Prize Giving

Doubles, Singles and the Sculptors’ Prize winners will be judged by an expert panel and announced on Saturday 12th January from 4pm

The Public Choice award winner in the Freestyle Competition will be presented on Sunday 13th January 4pm, before the Festival culminates in a stunning laser show on Wood Wharf.

Other Ice Activities:

Masterclasses* – A firm favourite every year, Masterclasses allow visitors the chance to chisel and carve their way through mini blocks of ice to create their very own sculpture! Taking place at various locations including Wood Wharf & Canary Wharf shopping malls, participants will be supervised by the professional event organisers The Ice Box. Children must be 12+ and accompanied by an adult and the classes are assigned in person on a first-come, first-served basis.

Snowpit* – Even larger in 2013, London Ice Sculpting Festival hosts an array of exciting attractions to see and participate in. 2013 will see the return of a real snowpit where people of all ages can enjoy making snowballs, snowmen or even snowcastles! Children must be supervised at all times.

Graffiti Wall – New for 2013, the Graffiti Wall allows people to release their inner Banksy on a specially constructed ice wall.

Ice Chess – Another new feature for 2013 is the special oversized outdoor Ice Chess. Adults can try their hand at strategic chess moves with delicately crafted ice pieces…Check it out!

If that wasn’t enough there’s plenty of entertainment and ice themed activities for all ages throughout Canary Wharf shopping malls, including live performances and “glow” entertainers, children’s art & craft workshops, face painting and more. Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights installation will also be in place in Middle Dock during the Festival. ‘Voyage’ by Aether & Hemera: A Journey into Imagination’ consists of 300 floating paper boats, illuminated by coloured dynamic LED lights that come alive at night. Plus don’t miss the last opportunity to skate on Ice Rink Canary Wharf, beneath the soaring buildings in Canada Square Park and bathed in twinkling festive lights it also features Boisdale On Ice, a pop up bar and restaurant, a spectators area and London’s first skate path.

Each year, London Ice Sculpting Festival offers a free entertaining and exciting experience for all visitors. Based in Canary Wharf, the event puts the capital firmly on the International ice sculpting circuit and is a unique, fun event for all the family. Canary Wharf has over 240 of the finest shops, bars and restaurants, offering Festival fans warming respite from watching the chilly creations in Wood Wharf. With so much to see and do, Canary Wharf and London Ice Sculpting Festival provides the perfect mix of entertainment for everyone. Join us for one of the most exciting events around, from 11 – 13 January 2013.

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London Ice Sculpting Festival 2013 – Event Details:

Friday 11th January – 11am – 7pm
Saturday 12th January – 10am – 8pm
Sunday 13th January – 11am – 6pm

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For further information, please contact:

Hamish McDougall, Press Office, Canary Wharf Group plc
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7418 2326 or +44 (0) 7779 888 075

Jacquie Chalmers, Amy Rackham or Ben Welling at Amazing Media: / Tel: 020 7292 8860

Notes to Editors:

*The Snow Pit is free to all ages and participation is on a first-come-first-served basis but an adult must supervise children at all times.
*Masterclasses are free & take place on the hour and at 20 minutes or 40 minutes past. Participants must register and children must be 12+ and accompanied by an adult.

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