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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Canary Wharf to host Ice Sculpting Festival

7th January 2013

London's Canary Wharf is set to take on a chilly atmosphere this month as it hosts the annual London Ice Sculpting Festival.

From January 11th to 13th, the festival will see artists from 12 countries compete to transform special two-metre blocks of solid ice into structures based on this year's theme of Wonders of the Universe and Infinity.

The sculptors are given a set time to makeover the blocks and the results are decided by a panel of judges. There is also a freestyle event taking place that allows the artists to create designs based on a theme of their own choosing.

Anyone enjoying London getaways could also try their hand at creating their own ice artwork as there are special classes running throughout the festival. Instructors will be on hand to provide ice, chisels and tuition on the basic ice sculpting techniques. The numbers of spaces on the course are limited and as these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, people need to make sure they register their interest as soon as possible.

For the first time the London Ice Sculpting Festival will include a graffiti wall for adults to leave their own mark on a giant block of ice and there is a pit filled with snow for hosting snowball fights and building snowmen.

Alternatively visitors can play a game with a special oversized outdoor chess set, with all of the pieces carved out of frozen water.' For younger people there are children's art and craft workshops taking place on January 12th and 13th as well as face painting on offer.

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