The Second Ice Cave Worldchampionships in Finland
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 exhibition 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 exhibition 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 exhibition.
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 begins on 3 February and lasts the whole week. Final results will be published on 10 Februay at 17.00. The winners are chosen by an international jury. The competitors have to achieve as high as 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 watch the carvers working during the week (thursday and friday)
The competition venue is a cave 40 meters underground. It has enchanted the carvers for many reasons, no wind, constant temperature -5 degrees Celcius, accomodation and service just above in the Hotel Vesileppis. The cave will be illuminated with atmospheric lights and music. You can’t find a similar cave like this anywhere in the world.
In addition to the competition sculptures there will be an ice world for children including slides, ice labyrint, functional sculptures and snowmen. Every competing team builds an activity sculpture for 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 exhibition will be open for the public from 10.2. – 24.6.2018 everyday
The organizers for the event are:
Jäälinna ry, Chairman Tuomo Jantunen tel. +358 (0)40 041 7272
Competition director Kaj-Erik Fohlin tel. +358 (0)40 755 6721
Leppävirta Community, Business Development, Anu Häiväläinen
tel. +358 (0)44 797 5602 www.leppavirta.fi
Leppävirran Hyvinvointi- ja liikuntakeskus Leppäkerttu Oy www.leppavirta.fi/liikuntapalvelut,
Managing director Esa Salmiheimo tel. +358 (0)40 760 3265
Sport § Spa Hotel Vesileppis Oy www.vesileppis.fi
Managing director Kimmo Rossi tel. +358 (0)40 727 4220
Welcome to Finland
phone +358 (0)40 041 7272
The chosen teams are following: (in random order)
Walter Fantino Italy
Francesca Cosmi Italy
Kee Gawah Sweden
Dominika Jarczok Poland
Roger Wing USA
Martin De Zoete Switzerland
Ivan Savenkov Russia
Alexander Sidkov Russia
Xin Zhang China
Wang Zhong Long China
Jeffrey Ng See Yian Singapore
Remus Heng Singapore
Yoshihito Kosaka Japan
Hideyuki Sone Japan
Harun Jalil Malesia
John Yong Chong Ming Malesia
Lakhagvadorj Dorjusen Mongolia
Battur Enkhtur Mongolia
Manu Songsri Thailand
Sithichai Sutapan Thailand
Jeng Horn-Nan Taiwan
Pang Yu Taiwan
Jussi Miettinen Finland
Antti Pedrozo Finland