A first at PMF!

A Leonard Bernstein snow sculpture at the SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of PMF-founder Leonard Bernstein's birth. Many special projects honoring Bernstein are planned for PMF 2018, which takes place in July, but the first among them is scheduled to take place in February, at Sapporo's largest annual winter event; a Bernstein-themed snow sculpture titled "Pacific Music Festival ~founded by Bernstein~" will appear at the Sapporo Snow Festival!

A stage will be built in front of the sculpture, on which various events will be held each day during the 8-day festival, starting with the announcement of the PMF 2018 Outline. Event-detail updates will be posted online!

The 69th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from February 5 to 12!

Snow Sculpture Design

"Pacific Music Festival ~founded by Bernstein~"

Snow Sculpture Design

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*At scale, these penguins are 100 centimeters (39 inches) tall - roughly the same height as a 4-year-old child.



Odori Nishi 5 Chome (east) Fureai Art Square, Chuo-ku, Sapporo


Take the Tōzai Subway Line, the Nanboku Line, or the Tōhō Line, to Odori Station (Exit #2), walk 4 min.

The Construction Phase

Construction begins.
January 7 Construction begins. First, scaffolding is set up, and basic preparations are made.
The sculpting begins.
January 18 The snow is packed, and the sculpting begins. It's beginning to take shape!
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*See this page for general information on snow-sculpture construction.

PMF 2018 Outline Announcement Event
Monday, February 5 at 14:00!

PMF 2018 will be held for 26 days from Saturday, July 7 through Wednesday, August 1.
At the Outline Announcement Event, timed along with the beginning of the Snow Festival, the main concerts, artists, and other highlights of PMF will all be presented to the public!


Snow Sculpture Stage Events

PMF events are planned for each day of the Snow Festival. Enjoy the sounds of past PMF performances and more!

Updates on event details will be regularly posted here.

Sapporo Snow Festival official website