The Second Jerusalem International Ice Festival, Old Train Station Compound. 20 February – 30 April 2103.
From: http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Articles/Newsletter/Pages/Jerusalem-International-Ice-Festival.aspx After the huge success of the first International Ice Festival in Israel last year, the festival is returning for a second, extended run, from 20 February to 30 April 2013 and will take place in the old Jerusalem Train Station compound in a unique 1500 square meter complex brought especially from Belgium.The entire train compound will be decorated in the Far East style, and will include three central arenas: The Ice City, the Performance Arena and the Ice Skating Arena. The festival will showcase tens of artistic and colorful ice sculptures that will take the visitors on a thrilling journey to far away views and a unique Asian culture. This year’s Ice City festival will feature a variety of exciting activities for visitors: huge slides, mazes, rainforests, snowstorms, bridges and more…
The “Ice City” journey begins upon entering an airplane made of ice, where you can see the view of ice-sculpted Jerusalem. The visitors land in a magical world of ice starting with the magnificent views of India, the unique animals and one of the seven wonders of the world- the Taj Mahal. The course of the journey includes forests, tunnels, rivers, bridges and mazes, as well as famous Far East sites such as the Great Wall of China and the Pagoda in Japan, and even panda bears, cheetahs and authentic characters. At the end of their journey, visitors will arrive at a sushi bar made entirely of ice – but the sushi will be edible and delicious!
Visitors will also be able to view a spectacular ice skating performance at the Ice Skating arena, adjacent to the Ice City arena. The performance will showcase over 20 artists, acrobats and Chinese dancers dressed in costumes, as well as complex dance and acrobatics shows never before seen in Israel. This colorful performance will take place between one and four times a day and last for approximately one hour.
It will take about a month to prepare the ice exhibits and approximately 60 Chinese artists have been flown to Israel to assist in the preparations: sculptors, designers and builders who have experience in constructing ice exhibits around the world as well as the show dancers. Many electricity infrastructures were put in place at the location, as well as a special cooling system that will ensure a temperature of -10 degrees and the correct air flow. The hundreds of tons of colorful ice cubes will be created on location, using the massive ice machines purchased by Ariel Company.
This festival is a joint initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality and Ariel Development Company, sponsored by the Isracard Company.