The demo sculpture of the International Sculpture Park “Summer Signs 2022” is created by the world’s most titled Latvian ice and sand sculptor Kārlis Īle together with Maija Īle, depicting Michelangelo’s work “Pietà” in a new form in the sand.
“Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists of all time. The sculptor is able to see and discover the very complex relationship between beauty and horror, love and hate, joy and pain, life and death. The special strength of such brilliant works is in the fact that they stand still and do not lose their relevance even today, when many mothers mourn their dead sons, and many people hope that these sacrifices are carried for a greater and nobler purpose,” – artists explain why they have chosen the artwork.
The 16th International Sand Sculpture Park “Summer Signs 2022” will open on June 4 and 5 on the Pasts island. The theme of the works this year is “Masterpieces”, and the artists will once again expose the flowing material to reveal to the audience the masterpieces created by man, nature and the universe. This year, the jury has nominated 15 sculptors from ten countries for the sand sculpture competition – Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Mongolia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. The artists will create 15 competition sculptures and a demo sculpture.
It should be noted that the sculptors will start bringing their ideas to life on Pasta Island on May 30, but an entertainment program for visitors is also planned for the two days of the event. To prepare for the event, Pasts Island will be closed to visitors from 2 June for security reasons.
The Sand Sculpture Park will be open from 10 am to 11 pm on June 4 and 5. There will be activities for children in the square between the open-air concert hall “Mītava” and the skating rink on both days – a foam party and bubble workshops. On Saturday evening, at 7 pm, the band “Riga Reggae” will perform to the delight of the visitors, and at 9 pm – Edavārdi, but on Sunday at 8 pm – Ivo Fomins. The atmosphere of both days’ event on the Pasta island will be enriched by DJ Mareks Ameriks, an enthusiast of vinyl records in Jelgava.
It is cheaper to buy tickets until June 3
Until June 3, tickets can be purchased cheaper: a ticket for adults costs 5 euros; for pupils, students, pensioners and the disabled – 3 euros. You can also buy a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children, 1 adult + 3 children or “3+ Family Card”) for 10 euros. Only at the box office of the Jelgava Culture House, presenting a Jelgava resident’s card, tickets can be purchased for 3 euros in advance, presenting a Jelgava student card – for 2 euros, but with a coupon found in the May issue of the Jelgavas Vēstnesis, the ticket price is 3 euros.
On June 4 and 5, the ticket price for adults will be 7 euros; for pupils, students, pensioners and the disabled – 4 euros, but a family ticket can be purchased for 15 euros. Upon presentation of the Jelgava resident card, the ticket will cost 4 euros, but with a Jelgava student card – 3 euros. Admission to the festival will be free for children under 7 years of age. Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Jelgava Culture House, at the box office of “Biļešu paradīze” and on the Internet, but on the days of the event – also at the Post Island. It should be noted that tickets presenting a Jelgava resident’s card, Jelgava student card or coupon are available only at the box office of the Jelgava Culture House. Tickets can be purchased on the smartphone both in advance and during the event and are valid in electronic format.
Jelgava Culture House cash desk opening hours
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 3 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
The box office is also open an hour before the event! Checkout phone: 63084679.