World Body Painting Festival
What is the Austria World Bodypainting Festival and what does it offer?
The Austria World Bodypainting Festival is a visual celebration of the body as a canvas and art form. It is a multimedia, sensory stimulating immersion into visual culture, music, body art, crafts and workshop stations, open to visitors of all ages.
Since its launch back in 1998, it has moved several locations. Since 2017, it was relocated to the capital of Carinthia, Klagenfurt.
When Does it Happen?
The festival involves the entire city, attracting 30.000 visitors during the summer, which are added to the many tourists already enjoying the climate and the resorts at the nearby Lake Wörthersee. In 2019, it is from the 11th of July to the 13th, from a Thursday to a Sunday.
However, there are also many side events happening on the days leading to the festival, and they will begin on Sunday the 8th.
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The Bodypaint City
The main festival grounds are called the Bodypaint City. They are built inside three connecting city parks at the edge of the historical centre of Klagenfurt:
- Goethepark, Schubertpark, and Achtjägerpark.
The organisers describe the Bodypaint City to be an ‘open air artspace’, where a multitude of events will continuously happen during the week, from the early morning until night time.
It will have stalls that sell the latest finds in bodypainting equipment, areas where artists will be painting on live models, music stages, chill out areas and more (food stalls! Let’s not forget the food stalls!). So no matter what your interest are, or whether you are attending for the first time or not, you will surely find something to captivate your senses!
As the body is the central figure of the festival, there will also be a Bodypainting & Beauty Tradeshow. The best producers and sellers of bodypainting colour and equipment, along with other professional exhibitors, will be on site!
Their stalls allow all bodypainters (as well as those who want to become one), to test, compare and buy products under the professional guidance of the tradeshow exhibitors. Alongside Bodypainting products, at the Lifestyle Market you can browse through the many handcrafted, creative and decorative products on display and for sale.
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Fusion of Body and Beats
The Zones and Stages prides itself with its fusion of the ‘body and beats’. This is where musical entertainment plays an integral part in the success of the festivals itself.
You can enjoy different styles of music (Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Electronica) from national and international bands & DJs. Previous performing artists included:
Shaggy, Inner Circle, Gentleman, Madcon, Wanda, Russkaja, Stereo MCs and Lost Frequencies, just to name a few.
If you are looking for more personal style inspiration, bear in mind that there are also Fashion Shows taking place during the main days of the festival. You can enjoy wild Runway Shows, and attend a Styling Corner or Beauty Make-up workshops!
The World Bodypainting Festival is also family friendly. So bring your children along to enjoy some of the activities of the Kids Program. Children can participate in Yoga classes, Slacklining, learn to play the Didgeridoo, and use DIY stations where they can dabble into body and face painting.
For an art family festival, you may also like to visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Show What You Got
You will find this and more at the ‘Bodypainting City’, but make sure not to miss the main act: The World Championship in Bodypainting, Airbrush, Special Effects & Installation Art, presented by professional make-up brand Kryolan.
Throughout the day you have looked over talented artists’ shoulders and witnessed the transformation of the body from bare canvas into artwork. Now it’s time to see it on stage at the large award ceremony! There are also more awards for Make-up artists, Amateurs, and Photographers, presented by Make-up For Ever, Snazaroo, and Mac Pro.
If you are thinking about going to the festival for its pre-festival events from the 8th to the 11th, you can attend the WB Academy during the day. It offers educational and training programs for Bodypainting, SFX and Airbrush, including increasingly popular Make-up and Photography classes.
These classes run in small groups and are led by professional bodypainting artists. All courses have limited space, so it is recommended to book well in advance. In the evening, you can then join the festival’s artists at the Parkhaus Cafe for a relaxed get together.
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Apart from the ‘Bodypainting City’, the festival branches out to the rest of the city and to many public museums, which will have installations and exhibits exclusive to the festival. There is also a great event down at the lakeside.
On Tuesday the 10th, head down to Loretto Castle join the surreal Body Circus! An evening ball with music, burlesque, painted bodies and fire-breathers! The guest traditionally come in fantasy costumes, latex outfits, bodypainting and extreme masks and makeup!
How to Get Entry?
You can already book tickets to the festival, and there are several options available online. If you would like to experience the full festival, then we recommend getting the 3 Day pass at 49€. Alternatively, you can get Day Tickets from 21€. There are also several concessions available for teenagers, while children come for free!
You can also upgrade to VIP tickets, accesses to the Body Circus side event and Photo Passes (if you want to immortalise your experience and the art on a camera).
So Why Austria World Bodypainting Festival?
As you see, we weren’t exaggerating at the beginning of this article: the Austria World Bodypainting Festival is truly a unique experience, not only for the many events it offers or for its location, but also because you won’t find something like it anywhere else!
Its event schedule is diverse and plentiful. You will struggle to find a moment in which there won’t be something going on. Get a program of the festival as soon as you can and start studying to avoid missing out.
Time to make your suitcase and book the tickets, if you liked what you read, then the festival is awaiting!