For the 21st time the city of Jelgava welcomes the most remarkable winter event in the Baltic states – the International Ice Sculpture Festival, taking place from 8 to 10 February. Traditionally, during the Ice Sculpture Festival, the Jelgava badminton club organizes badminton tournaments. On Saturday, February 9, a badminton tournament will take place for seniors and a tournament for family pairs will take place on 10 February.
On Saturday, February 9, players born in 1983 and older are invited to participate in the Seniors tournament. There will be men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles. The players will be grouped into age groups – 35 +, 45 + and 55 +
On Sunday, February 10, there will be three double disciplines in the family tournament – men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles. Family tournaments can be attended by brothers and sisters, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and every loving couple who is proud of their love.
Winners of the tournament in all disciplines will be rewarded with invitations to the Ice Sculture Festival. Coffee, tea and snacks will be offered to all participants during the tournament
Badminton tournaments will take place at the Sports Centre of Agricultural University of Latvia, located just next to the main stage of the Ice Sculpture Festival. Every night from 20:00 there will be a concert, but from 21:00 will be a festival fireworks.
The festival offers concerts from popular musicians, a show on ice, creative workshops, a market, and much more. This year, the festival gathers 30 world-known sculptors from 7 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the USA and Canada.
The task for the sculptors this year: in more than 70 tonnes of ice, to portray the theme of cinema. During the festival, visitors will be able to see more than 65 ice sculptures: 30 of them will be made individually by the sculptors and illuminated, whereas 15 of them will be grand, more than 3 metre high sculptures made by sculptor teams, including an ice labyrinth and six large-format photo sculptures. On Pasta sala, there will be an ice bar called Ice Wines, an ice object made with the largest amount of ice out of all ice objects of the festival. There will also be a catering and trading area.