Grindelwald will host the 28th World Snow Festival this winter. It is a celebration of ice-cold art, where international artists design figures and sculptures out of metre-high blocks of snow. The festival takes place Jan.18-23, 2010.
The World Snow Festival has developed into one of the most fascinating and popular winter events in Grindelwald. The international festival is held every January on the natural ice rink in the village centre. International artists' work becomes an exclusive attraction turning the village square into a hive of activity.
The festival began with a huge Heidi being carved in the snow by Japanese artists, and has since developed into a unique cultural event. The six-day festival comes to a close with a ceremony of folkloric acts.
A jury of experts judge the giant snow sculptures according to the criteria: topicality, originality, and skill. The public are also welcome to give their impressions of the works of art, which will be taken into account by the judges.
Social contact between the individual teams in the Snow Festival is also very important so communal activities are organized each year, such as the traditional fondue evening and tobogganing.