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Wednesday, 29 June 2016



Painted bodies, fire-breathers, burlesque dancers, freaks plus the finest club sounds - Roll up, Roll up! Into our magical Wonderland!

Body Circus 2016 got its castle back. In the heart of Poertschach you can discover the enchanting castle LEONSTAIN.  The walls from 1492 serve as the venue for the traditional, surreal and bizarre ball. "Body Circus“ is traditionally held on Wednesday's and known as the main attraction of the festival week.

For the 19th edition of the World Bodypainting Festival, once again we invite you to push the boundaries and let your imagination run free. Guests show up in fantasy costumes from Drag Queens to bodypainting, decoration, masks, extreme make-up, bizarre fashion, and latex outfits. Unleash yourself from your normal day surroundings. Dive into a wild night with the most enchanting artists, latest club tunes from our international DJ's and provocative stage shows.  For those who need help or want to get ready with others, the styling jam session is the place to be.  Transformed and ready for circus, are also the girls behind the bars, serving Champagne, Cocktails and juggling buckets of Vodka through the dancing crowd filled with decorated bodies Roll up, Roll up!

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Photo Hans Klaus Techt
Photo Hans Klaus Techt


  • € 25 on door // € 19 Early Bird
  • Included when booking a room in Hotel Leonstain Details

Dresscode: shrill, fancy, surreal, body- or facepainted or simply elegant, stylish, glamorous

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Photo: Karin Landl / Martin Rauchenwald

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Body Circus, Photo Karin Landl

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Program Schedule

  • from 06.00 pm: Styling Jam Session: Convention Center Poertschach, direct opposite of the castle
    Get ready together with a group of people for the surreal "Body Circus" ! It’s more fun and stylists will be available.
  • 07.00 pm: Welcome to the surreal! 
  • 08.30 pm: Party, Shows & Attractions
  • 12.00 pm: Midnight Show Act & awarding of the most amazing outfit
  • 02.00 am: After Show Party in the arcade room

Photo Guenter Floeck
Photo Guenter Floeck

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Body Circus, Photo Ingo Wandler

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Artists, Annimals, Sensations!
Photo Bertrand Orsal
Photo Bertrand Orsal

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The Castle, Schloss Leonstain

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1492 Schloss Leonstain is one of the oldest buildings on the Wörthersee. In bygone centuries monks brewed their own beer here, farmed many acres and were renowned for their tasty fare and warm hospitality. Live a fairy tale – but excitingly different. The privately owned and run Hotel Schloss Leonstain on the Wörthersee goes back to its roots and sets its mark on your holiday with a mixture of tradition, indulgence and carynthian hospitality.

Night per person in a double room 
including breakfast (excl. local tourism tax 1.95)

  • € 79  Single night / € 69 over 2 nights
  • € 109 Juniorsuite / € 99 over 2 nights
  • € 120 Suite / € 130 over 2 nights

 Bookings via email world(a)bodypainting-festival.com


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Body Circus, Photo Karin Landl

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