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London Ice Sculpting Festival 2012

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THE London Ice Sculpting Festival returns to Canary Wharf, one of the capital’s most stylish business and shopping districts, on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14, 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.

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 2 metre block of ice.

The sculptors will have two days to wow the crowds and complete their masterpieces. From 9am – 7pm on Friday and 8am – 4pm on Saturday, 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 from 4pm.

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 1 metre ice block at great speed!

Visitors can see these works of genius take shape before their very eyes from 2.30pm – 4pm on Saturday. The winner of the speed sculpting competition is determined by Public Choice Award. Votes can be cast online at www.londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk or in person at the Festival itself.

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 January 13 and 14, 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.