Winter holiday season in Lviv will be ending with a spectacular Ice Sculpture festival, which will take place in city’s downtown on January 18th and 19th. 6 sculptors will be creating a major ice art installation inspired by Ukrainian traditional Christmas carols.
«The Ice Song» is the main theme of this year’s Ice Sculpture Festival. Artists will try to express all the authenticity of Ukrainian traditional Christmas carols in ice. They will be re-creating the most popular plot lines of the carols as well as beloved characters from these traditional winter songs with the help of massive ice sculptures.
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Ukrainian Christmas songs or carols have their origins in antiquity. The themes of Ukrainian Christmas songs vary. Many, of course, deal with the birth of Christ and that occasion's joyful celebrations, and many of them have apocryphal elements; there are carols which contain purely pagan mythological elements; another group deals with Ukrainian history of the 9th to 12th centuries.
Ukrainian Christmas carols (kolyadky and shchedrivky) are the oldest groups of Ukrainian folk songs.
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The festival will last for 2 days, on January 18th and 19th, 2017. All local citizens and foreign guests are welcome to observe the process of creating of ice sculptures by popular Ukrainian artists, who will start their work on Svobody Avenue on the square in front of the Lviv main Christmas Tree.
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