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World Snow Festival
From: 2016.01.16 To: 2016.01.21
The art of creating art out of snow! Over a period of 6 days, international artists design figures and sculptures out of meter-high blocks of snow. The World Snow Festival has developed into one of the most fascinating and popular winter events in the glacier village Grindelwald, and today it's hard to imagine the season's programme without it. Every January Grindelwald hosts the international Snow Festival on the natural ice-rink in the village centre. What began with a huge Heidi carved in the snow by Japanese artists, has since developed into a cultural happening that is not to be missed. Teams of artists from different countries delight both young and old, guests and locals, with their artistry. The artists' work becomes an exclusive attraction turning the village square into a hive of activity, and always gaining much respect. The six-day festival comes to a close with a ceremony accompanied by folklore performances. A jury of experts judges the giant sculptures according to the criteria of topicality, originality and skill. The works of art are judged not only by specialists but the public can also give the sculptors an opinion based on the impressions of the spectator. The festival concludes with a traditional fondue dinner and tobogganing for the youth and young at heart.