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  Posted January 6th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Edmonton | No comments yet.

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Welcome To The Ice On Whyte – Ice carving Festival
The 12th Annual Ice on Whyte Festival takes place January 23rd to February 1st, 2015. Come outside to play at Ice on Whyte’s new festival site at the End of Steel Park on 103 Street and Tommy Banks Way!

sculpture21Ice carving at its best!

Ice on Whyte is presented by the Ice on Whyte Festival Society, and has successfully grown through the continued support of many community minded businesses and organizations, and the dedication of volunteers and artists. The Ice on Whyte Festival takes place at End of Steel Park and the Strathcona Centre Community League and is located at Gateway Blvd (103 Street) and Tommy Banks Way in Edmonton. The Festival site is within walking distance of Old Strathcona, an arts and entertainment area that is filled with wonderful shopping, dining, theatre, live music and much more.

The Ice on Whyte site crew is busy making snow at End of Steel Park for the festival. The snow isn’t falling from the sky so thanks to Snow Valley, we’re making snow on site. The festival’s new site is End of Steel Park and its going to be spectacular! Stay tuned for more updates. By the way, when you have a second, do the Minus 5 dance, its to the tune of Locomotion, so dance in your car, on the street and anywhere else. By the way, Tommy Banks Road is closed from 103 Street to 87 Avenue until the end of January for the festival. See you there…January 12 to 22!

The park will be filled with ice slides, stunning ice and snow carvings, an interactive children’s play area, a serene park, a skating rink and so much more. Artists from around the world will create magical and amazing works of art during the international ice carving competition. A heated tent features the YESS Cafe serving up hot beverages and the Northlands Stage alive with music and storytelling.

sculpture13Ice on Whyte – kids having fun

sculpture12Ice on Whyte – kids having fun

Ice on Whyte has partnered with the Province of Alberta to present a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the twinning of the provinces of Alberta and Heilongjiang, China. The celebration will take place at the Ice on Whyte Festival and on the West Lawn of the Alberta Legislature grounds. As part of this celebration, 10 ice and snow carvers have come from Heilongjiang to work alongside the festival’s artists to create spectacular ice and snow masterpieces at both locations.

The Alberta Legislature grounds will feature ice and snow carvings, performances including music, theatre, art in the Alberta House Entertainment Tent, family skating and much more. FREE Streetcar rides will take you across the High Level Bridge between the two sites.

Artists from around the globe are participating in the ice carving competition sanctioned by The National Ice Carving Association. The ice carving competitionlaunches the festival, and takes place January 23rd, 2015. In addition to the ice carving competition, the festival includes:

  • 10 ice and snow carvers coming from China to work with Canadian artists to create ice and snow carvings
  • ice and snow animals from Canada and China
  • giant ice slide
  • children’s play area
  • family skating next to the Strathcona Centre Community League
  • live musical entertainment by Alberta Artists
  • hot beverages in the heated YESS Cafe
  • and much more!

sculpture05Beautiful ice sculpture!

Ice Carving Competition Awards from 2014 year

The winners of the 2014 International Ice Carving Competition (professional category) are:

1st Place: To the Top of the Olympic Mountains by Team Sakha – Egor Stepanov and Alexey Andreev from the Republic of Sakha in Russia.

First-Place-To-the-Top-of-the-Olympic-MountainsFirst-Place: To the Top of the Olympic Mountains

2nd Place: My Mind…Your Mind by SandIssue – Sandis Kondrats and Sue McGrew from Latvia and the US.

Second-Place-My-Mind...Your-MindSecond Place : My-Mind…Your-Mind

3rd Place: Datastorm by Snow Drifters – Delayne Corbett and Larry Andreoff from Vancouver BC and Edmonton AB

Datastorm_3rd place3rd place: Datastorm

Artist Choice: Datastorm by Snow Drifters – Delayne Corbett and Larry Andreoff from Vancouver BC and Edmonton AB

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People’s Choice: Mannanan Mac Lar by Manx to Machem – Darren Jackson and Stephanie Quayle Jackson from the UK and the Isle of Man

Peoples-Choice-Mannanan-Mac-LarPeoples Choice: Mannanan-Mac-Lar

Have a good and healthy season.

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