About Nuuk Snow Fest

Nuuk Snow Fest is an annual event that takes place from the first Thursday-Sunday in March. The festival is held in the historic surroundings of Nuup Saava.

Nuuk Snow Fest is both a snow sculpture competition for snow enthusiasts of all ages, and a popular folk fest for the town’s citizens with concerts and entertainment. The main vision of Nuuk Snow Fest is to strengthen the local community, while being a festival that creates value around the intangible cultural heritage of Greenland. The latter, among other things, through the festivals’ themes, activities and entertainment.

The audience of Nuuk Snow Fest is the citizens of Nuuk with an emphasis on families with children. The festival is free to attend and alcohol-free.

Nuuk Snow Fest gathers the whole town around snow.

What is Nuuk Snow Fest?

The ambition is to have around 15 participating teams, which each have their own 3x3x3 m snow cube. The participants have from Thursday till Sunday to create either a figurative or an abstract sculpture related to the annually changeable theme, chosen by the organizers, which they can interpret freely. The sculptures are judged from an assessment form with a score from 0-5 by 3 judges chosen by the organizers of the festival. The participants compete for a 1st prize, 2nd prize, 3rd prize as well as a Public Audience Prize based on sponsored gifts.

International teams are also welcome to participate, but the organizers aren’t able to support their participation financially. Participation in the snow sculpting contest happens through a registration form based on a first-come-first-served concept.


There will be concerts with different local artists as well as light shows that shine on the snow sculptures, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. Before noon on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be concerts and activities for families with children.


Nuuk Snow Fest is made possible by the hard work of the festival’s strong volunteer community. The festival relies on help from volunteers in order for the production to run smoothly. The tasks include setup and preparation of equipment for the participants, participant registration, preparing the lunchroom and being the one to go to if a participant or guest needs assistance etc.

Local businesess

Nuup Saava is the base for both public institutions and private businesses. It is the festival’s ambition to involve both parties as possible to the extent that makes sense. For instance, the festival has a close partnership with Nuuk Local Museum, which houses the lunchroom for participants and volunteers, backstage area for performing artists, and children’s entertainment. The museum shop is also open during the festival days.

Nuuk Snow Fest does not sell coffee, tea, etc., but is open to collaborate with local partners and associations that wish to sell alcohol free drinks and more to the guests of the festival.

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