Bear Festival

Bear Festival

The Bear Festival 2021 in Ilomantsi
Bear and Cub

Welcome to Ilomantsi, Finland!

The Bear Sculpting Championship for chainsaw sculptors on 13–14 August 2021
and the Speed Sculpting Competition on 15 August 2021
with the theme “Bear and Cub”.

The 2021 Bear Festival will feature Bear Sculpting Championship competition  on Thursday and Friday, 13 and 14 August. The Bear Festival in Ilomantsi, in Eastern Finland, will take place in Katri Vala Kulttuurikeskus, Katri Valan tie 1 a and Kansallistalo yard, Yhtiöntie 8. The Speed Sculpting Competition will be on Sunday, 15 August.

The Bear Festival is arranged by The Association for Rural Culture and Education along with regional Vaara-Karjala association, the Ilomantsi municipality and local businesses and associations.

A Land of a Thousand Bears

Sculpting wood is the most natural form of self-expression among Finnish self-taught artists; the chainsaw is the most common instrument and the bear is the best-loved of all subjects. This is the foundation for the Bear Festival.

We would like to turn Ilomantsi into A Land of a Thousand Bears in the coming years. It will be a sculpture park built along the village roads, a display of different sculpting styles that attracts visitors from near and far. In a land of a thousand bears, the mythical realm of the forest’s king meets man’s cultural environment.

Contact information

Bear Festival:
the Association for Rural Culture and Education, regional Vaara-Karjala association
Maarit Hämäläinen-Koljonen,, tel. +358 40 579 5957

Bear sculpting championship competition:
the Association for Rural Culture and Education
Raija Kallioinen,, tel. +358 40 5636 876


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