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SNOW CALL melted the hearts of people!

Posted 1/3/2018

THE COOLEST EVENT IN NORTHERN SCANDINAVIA

The brand new winter event – four day international snow sculpting contest Baltic Snow Call – was held in Nallikari Oulu, Finland on 21-25 February 2018. The participants were the top names of international snow artists, most representing the Baltic Sea region. Total of ten teams participated in the contest starting with 3x3x3 meter snow cubes.

Illuminated Snow Call Winter Art Park. Photo Visit Oulu, Harri Tarvainen.Illuminated Snow Call Winter Art Park. Photo Visit Oulu, Harri Tarvainen.

BSC is a unique winter event and part of official event calendar of International Association of Snow and Ice Sculpture (AISNG). In same calendar is also Sapporo Snow Festival, Harbin International Snow Sculpture Competition, Harbin CHINA, The International Snow Sculpting Symposium, Festival Du Voyageur, Winnipeg CANADA, International Snow Sculpting Competition Japan Cup, Nayoro, Hokkaido JAPAN etc. Baltic Snow Call Nallikari, Oulu is with quite impressive locations!

Contest area right next to Nallikari Winter Village. Photo BSC media team / Elisey Kuziakin.Contest area right next to Nallikari Winter Village. Photo BSC media team / Elisey Kuziakin.

Snow Call is organised by Ikitalvi Union of Snow & Ice Sculptors, Nallikari Seaside and Vauhtipuisto. The sculpting site is located right next to Nallikari Holiday Village and Nallikari Winter Village. The core of organising team consists five persons: Janne Andberg, Anna Koivukangas, Sirpa Walter, Ulla Anttila and Kalle Komulainen.

Nallikari Winter Village has many winter activities for families (reindeers, snow tubes, quad bikes, snow carousel, snowboard park for children, snowmobile sled tours, ponies etc.- all the winter fun) and it’s located right next the contest area. With 10 years snow building experience, Nallikari Winter Village made the podium and also 10 cubes for the contest.

BSC Organising team: Anna Koivukangas, Sirpa Walter, Ulla Anttila, Kalle Komulainen and Janne Andberg. Photo BSC media team / Sami Hänninen.BSC Organising team: Anna Koivukangas, Sirpa Walter, Ulla Anttila, Kalle Komulainen and Janne Andberg. Photo BSC media team / Sami Hänninen.
JURY OF BALTIC SNOW CALL 2018

The chairman of the contest’s judges is the acclaimed chairman of the international association of snow and ice sculpture Juhani Lillberg. The judges also include Antti Tenetz; an artistic mastermind, snow sculptor and bio artist from Oulu, Nina Heikkonen; program director Alvar Aalto Academy in Helsinki and Matti Vaskimo; artisan and designer, and founder of Ikitalvi Ry from Vihti. One of the shining stars of the judges was Swedish Olympic medalist Ricky Sandberg, who has won the gold medal in snow sculpting in the Albertville Olympic Arts Festival in 1992. He has won awards in many significant international competitions around the world and is without a doubt a preeminent figure in the snow sculpting community.

Jury members on the contest site. Photo BSC Media team / Sami Hänninen.Jury members on the contest site. Photo BSC Media team / Sami Hänninen.

High level contest brought Top Snow Artists to Nallikari!

The invited teams came from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Russia. All of the teams represent the top tier of their respective countries and are renowned in international competitions around the world. A world-renowned team from China was invited to team Denmark's place and  Finnish-Austrian team “Team Universum”  replaced the Lithuanian team, who had to cancel its arrival at the last minute.

The first champion of Baltic Snow Call is Team Russia, featuring Aleksey Moskalev, Svetlana Tutanova and Mikhail Erushev. Team Finland took the second place. The Finnish team included Ari-Pekka Kuusela, Aleksi Salakka and Antti Kolppo. Third prize was given to Team Estonia, represented by Lauri Tamm, Mari Hiiemäe and Anna Otsolainen.


Awards Ceremony of the first Baltic Snow Call! Photo BSC Media team / Sami Hänninen.Awards Ceremony of the first Baltic Snow Call! Photo BSC Media team / Sami Hänninen.

SNOW CALL charmed the people of Oulu!

After the contest, the contest area was transformed into a unique arctic art exhibition. The enchanting Winter Art Park was lightened in cooperation with the Lumo Light Festival Oulu and an all-time favorite air guitar star Nordic Thunder from Air Guitar World Championships performed during the award ceremony and VIP event. Cooperation with the other international festivals in Oulu is remarkable and brings Snow Call to totally new level.

Baltic Snow Call was huge success among the audience as well. Feedback was great from the sculptors, audience, media and from the city of Oulu and Oulu tourism. Also tour operators are totally amazed of this unique event. Snow Call got huge media attention from Finland, Russian national tv, few main newspapers in Russia, Polish tv and also in Germany.

Nordic Thunder played air guitar at the Awards Ceremony. Photo BSC Media team / Petteri Heikkinen.Nordic Thunder played air guitar at the Awards Ceremony. Photo BSC Media team / Petteri Heikkinen.

Frozen Baltic Sea is only few steps away - another fascinating thing in this contest which brings more content to this event. Feedback from sculptors was breathtaking – best snow sculpting event in the world etc. Also accommodation in Villas right next to sea and contest area made this very special – and of course the hospitality towards the main stars; top sculptors in whole wide world, who made this event extremely special!

SNOW CALL will echo to 2019!

We are happy to tell you Snow Call will be an annual winter event here in Oulu in the future. Next Snow Call will be held on 20-24 February 2019 in NALLIKARI OULU FINLAND!

 

The sculptures can be seen during the daytime at Snow Call Winter Art Park as long as winter weather permits.