Take in the stunning display of intricate, hand-carved ice sculptures at the Markham Ice and Snow Festival this weekend! Join the City of Markham and the Centre of Sustainable & Integrated Design (CSID) at the Markham Civic Centre on Saturday, February 9 for a live ice sculpting demonstration at the opening ceremony
The Markham Ice and Snow Festival will be available for free to the public from February 9 to 18, 2019 outside the Markham Civic Centre. Visiting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
"We are thrilled to welcome these talented artists to Markham and we thank them for creating mesmerizing works of art," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "This inaugural festival speaks to our friendship with communities across China. Markham is a global destination for arts and culture, and our strong diversity is on full display in this winter wonderland."
Xiaodong Zhu is one of ten award-winning artists from Harbin, China who has travelled to Markham to be a part of this special event. Among his many titles, Xiaodong has been called the "Master of ice and snow art" by the Harbin People's Government. Ten international artists have carved 14 ice sculptures with a theme of "A Romance of Ice and Snow". There will also be an outdoor maze carved entirely from ice for children to explore.
The Markham Ice and Snow Festival, presented in co-operation with the City of Markham and the Harbin People's Government, is inspired by the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, known around the world for its stunning display of breathtaking ice sculptures.
Not only will the Festival introduce Markham and the Greater Toronto Area to one of the greatest winter festivals around the world, it will also provide a platform for Canadian and Chinese artists to display their work, and further promote the municipal friendships between the City of Markham and the City of Harbin, China.
The Markham Ice and Snow Festival Opening Ceremony takes places at the Markham Civic Centre in the Council Chamber, 101 Town Centre Boulevard on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
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