Bear Sculpting World Championships

Registration now open!

Are you a self-taught sculptor who carves wood with a chainsaw?

The Bear Sculpting World Championships is taking place in Ilomantsi, Finland on 24-25 August. This year's theme is 'The Forest Folk'.

The competition is part of The Bear Festival. The aim of the festival is to turn Ilomantsi into 'a land of a thousand bears' over the course of several years. Sculptures created during the The Bear Sculpting World Championships will be positioned along the village roads, creating a sculpture park throughout the landscape.

Applications are now open for this event. Only 20 participants can be accepted. The deadline for applications is 24 May 2017.

For more information and to register visit the Bear Festival’s website