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POZnan Ice Festival 2019

13th edition of the only festival of ice carving in Poland soon. Check the dates and visit the land of iceworks.


Since 2006, each winter Poznań Old Town shifts into a true ice land. The international Ice Festival is back again and will enhance this year’s Christmas market Poznań Bethelhem.
Every year the event attracts crowds becoming one of the greatest points of wintertime in Poznań. It’s an international competition that’s why we host guests from all over the world. Some of them come from places familiar with ice like Canada, USA or Poland but also from countries you wouldn’t even suspect: Phillipines, Malaysia, Spain. Full list of participants on www.icefestival.pl. We’ll see who will create the most beautiful icework this time.


photo: Małgorzata Cieślak



Whole festival will take place, traditionally, on the Old Market Square on December 7th to 8th. Again it will be divided into two parts: speed ice carving and carving for the jury which chooses the best one.




Speed Ice Carving – 7.12 from noon till 6:30 pm. The sculptors’ task will be to create a figure based on presented model as faithully as possible. Last year it was the audience that chose the winners. We’ll see how this goes this time.


Another part will happen on December 8th. You will be able to watch the artists while working. When the ice shards fall down, the art will be judged, illuminated and presented to the audience until they melt.


The temperature in winter for the couple of years gets pretty high so we recommend arriving to the festival on time. Only then you get the real image of sculptors idea.


photo: Anita Skoczylas


photo: Adam Kostecki


photo: Jakub Pindych


photo: Jakub Pindych



Text: Norbert Zieliński

Main photo: www.fotoportal.poznan.pl