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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

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

Body Circus 2019 presented by BERGLIEBE got again a stunning venue. Directly in the Schleppe Brewery is the "Schleppe Event Hall" and offers on its three levels an exclusive venue with a very special flair, perfect for hosting the the traditional, surreal and bizarre ball. "Body Circus“ which is traditionally known as the main attraction of the festival week.

For the 22nd 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: Karin Landl / Martin Rauchenwald

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Body Circus, Photo Dirk Hartung


  • € 20 on door // € 15 Early Bird

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

Tipp Costume rental: Fundus
Berthold-Schwarz-Strasse 120, 9020 Klagenfurt
Telephon +43 463 511033
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The Location & Free Shuttle Bus

Schleppe Eventhalle
Schleppe Platz 1
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

Bus Shuttle Information from June available

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Photo GOA Espressioni d'Arte (Italy)


Line-up 2019 präsentiert von BERGLIEBE

★ CROELL (Bergliebe) AT
★ DJ Destruction, UK
★ Kristof Grandits (AT)
★ FLEXIBLE (Bergliebe) AT

Program Schedule

  • from 07.00 pm: Styling Jam Session in der offiziellen WBF Get Together Bar PANIMA
    Get ready together with a group of people for the surreal "Body Circus" ! It’s more fun and stylists will be available.
    08.00 pm: Step right up! The Red Carpet to the Surreal...
  • Timetable, on the Decks "Main Floor"

    TBA. from May 2019
  • 04.00 Uhr: Closing

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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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Week Program

Sunday July 7th - Wednesday July 10th, 2019

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WB Academy

WB Academy 07 - 10 July / 10:00am-5:00pm

50+ workshop programs in the areas of bodypainting, airbrush, special effects, make-up, photography and more..


Body Circus

Body Circus 9 July / 8:00pm - 4:00am

the surreal ball in the Schleppe eventhall presented by BERGLIEBE, is a very shrill and colourful Party with top acts & DJ's.

  • c 19:00 : открывается Стайлинг Зона: in the official WBF Get Together Bar PANIMA
    Приготовься вместе в друзьями к мега вечеринке "Body Circus"! Стилисты и визажисты будут ждать вас.
  • 20:00 : Step right up! Красный Ковер в Сюрреальность...


Bodypainting Shopping Day

Bodypainting Shopping Day 10 July / 10:00am - 6:00pm

Living mannequins at the Old Square "Alten Platz". An activity of the inner city shops and the WBF.


Vernissage "garden of the senses" 10 July / 8:00pm

Exhibition opening of the polish artist, dancer and choreograph Agnieszka Glinska in the city gallery Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt.  Location: Theatergasse 4

Book Launch by EINAT DAN with Live Show!

Book Launch by EINAT DAN with Live Show! 8 July / 8:00pm

First publication and book signing of the new work of the internationally well-known make-up artist EINAT DAN!

Bar & Restaurant PANIMA - Official WBF Get Together Bar. Location is just a few walking minutes away from the festival grounds
Osterwitzgasse 6
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

You can also eat before and after as well as hang out with us until late!

Panima- Get togethers

Panima- Get togethers Get Together Bar daily from 19:00

Location is just a few walking minutes away from the festival grounds
Osterwitzgasse 6
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

You can also eat and hang out until late there!


Masterclass Day: Make art up project and more...

Masterclass Day: Make art up project and more... 10 July / 11:00am- 5:00pm

A Collective of four professional artists: EINAT DAN, ELISE DUCROT , PHYLLIS COHEN and JABE. Each with their own background, but all with the identical passion for Makeup decided to continue their venture together by forming this unique partnership and creative project. Beside the Make Art Up Project supported by b Agency more big industry names, as among others Catherine Chou or Karen Yiu share their secrets on a second stage.


City Gallery

City Gallery WBF Art Partner

Free entrance:  for all festival visitors and participants with valid ticket/wristband.

Exhibition opening "garden of the senses" of the polish artist, dancer and choreograph Agnieszka Glinska in the city gallery Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt.
Exhibition from 7 July - 30 August 2019,  Location: Theatergasse 4

Museum of Moderner Art Carinthia

Museum of Moderner Art Carinthia WBF Art Partner

Free entrance:  for all festival visitors and participants with valid ticket/wrist band.

The MMKK - Museum of Modern Art presents contemporary art exhibitions of national and international artists.  Location: Burggasse 8


Alpe-Adria-Galerie WBF Art Partner

Free entrance:  for all festival visitors and participants with valid ticket/wrist band.

Exhibitions in the Stadthaus are showing paintings, graphics, skulpturs, photographies, fashion and design from classic to contemporary art.  Location: Theaterplatz 3

BV Gallery

BV Gallery WBF Art Partner

Tuesday - Friday for all festival visitors and participants with valid ticket/wrist band.

BV Summer exhibition: paintings, sculputres, graphics and photography are displayed from national and international artists; Location: Feldkirchner Straße 31



su we Week program | 7 - 10 July 2019

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thu Main program | 11 July 2019

fri Main program | 12 July 2019

sat Main program | 13 July 2019

lineup Band & DJ Line-up


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WBF Tickets 2019

Main Days: Thursday, 11th July - Saturday, 13th July


3 days

3 Day Festival Pass

3 Day Festival Pass
Discounted     Normal    
€ 49 € 59


1 day

1 Day Ticket

1 Day Ticket
Day    Discounted     Normal    
Th. € 15 € 20
Fr. € 21 € 25
Sa. € 21 € 25

via PayLogic ticket portal


1 day

Teenager / 12-16 y

Teenager / 12-16 y
Discounted     Normal    
€ 9 € 9

simply on site or via PayLogic ticket portal



3 days

3 Day VIP incl. Photo Pass

3 Day VIP incl. Photo Pass
Discounted     Normal    
€ 339 € 399

incl. the 3 day photo pass incl. visitor pass 

via PayLogic ticket portal


1 day

1 Day VIP incl. Photo Pass

1 Day VIP incl. Photo Pass
Discounted     Normal    
€ 149-169 € 209

incl. the 1 day photo pass incl. visitor pass 

via PayLogic ticket portal


3 days

3 Day Photo Pass

3 Day Photo Pass
Discounted     Normal    
€ 169 € 189

incl. the 3 day visitor pass

via PayLogic ticket portal



1 day

1 Day Photo Ticket

1 Day Photo Ticket
Discounted     Normal    
- € 99

 only upon availability on site

via PayLogic ticket portal


Full week

WB Academy Pass

WB Academy Pass
Discounted     Normal    
from € 439 € 559



Body Circus

Body Circus
Discounted     Normal    
€ 15 € 20

via PayLogic ticket portal


General Information

  • All tickets include the national sales tax and all ticket fees.
  • The discounted price is available until 5th July. (except VIP and Photo passes)
  • Children until the age of 12 years accompanied by an adult get free entrance.
  • Teenagers from 12 years until the age of 16 years can get a very discounted ticket also on site.
  • We strictly follow the national youth protection regulations.
  • All visitors accept the official house rules of the facility
  • VIP tickets include all food and drink offers in the VIP Lounge as well as access to all photo zones.
    VIP Lounge Details
  • Included in all tickets and festival passes is the free entry to close located galeries such as Alpen-Adria-Galerie, Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt  and the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia 
  • Wheelchair Accessibility: 50% discount on site. The festival terrain is easy accessible on paved paths, except the small zone D. No discounts for accompanies.

* Photo Pass

  • includе the "3-Day Festival Pass" for visitors (wristband is not transferable)
  • The discounted price is available until 1st April
  • Access ot the festival with photo equipment
  • Access to all restricted photo contest zones
  • Participation in the “World Bodypainting Photo Award” contest
  • Photo catalogue including postage
    Details Photo Program

Photo equipment on the festival allowed for:
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** WB Academy Pass

  • Sunday 7 July - Wednesday 10 July 2019
  • Choose your indivicual program from over 50 workshops in bodypainting, facepainting, make-up and Special Effects (*except Photo classes)
  • includes the "3-Day Festival Pass" for visitors (wristband is not transferable) 
    Details WB Academy
  • Early Bird Prices:
    € 439 when booking until 01.12.2018
    € 499 when booking until 01.02.2019
    € 559 when booking until 01.06.2019

    € 439 when booking until 01.06.2019 (Please note: limited selection due to fully booked classes from this period)


WBF 2019 - Celebrating Visual Culture & Music


11 - 13 July 2019
Klagenfurt at the lake Wörthersee, Austria
Pre Program 7-10 July


The World Bodypainting Festival is a celebration of body painting and the staging of the human body as an art object. The WBF is also an experience space filled with music, shows and experimental performances. Immerse yourself in a week full of colors, entertainment and adventure - dive into a multicultural open air art space in the city of Klagenfurt in the south of Austria.

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Photo Ulf Scherling, Artist Agnieska Glinska

  • Zones and Stages with different styles of music from international bands & DJs. 
  • Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Electronica
  • Installation art projects
  • World Championship in Bodypainting, Airbrush, Special effects & Installation Art presented by Kryolan
  • more awards for Make-up artists & Amateurs presented by Snazaroo, Kodi Professional, ColorMake, Pro Makeup Stage, Asia Colors  and for Photographers
  • Bodypainting & Beauty Expo
  • Lifestyle markets with fashion, crafts, tattoo, piercing & accessoires
  • Street artists and musicans
  • Kids program, Yoga, Slacklining, Didgeridoo, DIY stations to try colours on yourself, acrobatic and children theater
  • demonstration program, exhibitions, lectures
  • Fashion Shows and many presentations
  • Aftershow Paintpart

WBF Side Events from 7 of July

  • WB Academy with more than 50 different Workshops, Demos and Demonstration
  • Body Circus, the surreal ballroom
  • WBF Shopping Day at the centre of Klagenfurt
  • Art exhibitions in different locations
  • Daily evening activities during the week

Since 1998 the most colourful event in the world takes place in Carinthia, the wonderful south of Austria. The festival has a very long tradition and founded the modern bodypainting art movement.

The 22nd edition of the World Bodypainting Festival, the World Championships of the best bodypainting artists, will lead artists from up to 50 nations to Klagenfurt, who will do everything possible to amaze visitors and make them laugh. High quality Art creates a special experience for all visitors of the Open Air art park "Bodypaint City" combined with music and shows. 

The venue is situated in the inner city of the state capital Klagenfurt and framed picturesquely by the historical buildings of the theatre, the art house and the city gallery. In addition, this charming place offers a wide range of bars, cafés and restaurants, ideal possibilities for the WB Academy program and the side events. 

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Photo by Gert Steinthaler

WBF program scheme

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su we Week program | 7 - 10 July 2019
bodycircus Body Circus | 9 July 2019

thu Main program | 11 July 2019
fri Main program | 12 July 2019
sat Main program | 13 July 2019


 „Bodypaint-City“, the main days: 11 - 13 July 2019

On the main days of the Festival (for the first time: Thursday, 11th July - Saturday, 13th July) the "Bodypaint City" turns into a unique and vivid Open Air art park. Daily from 10:30am until late at night the visitors can look over the artists shoulders and enjoy art, music and show highlights.

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Photo Daniel Janesch


World Bodypainting Awards, the world championships

The core of the festival is the World Bodypainting Championships where the Crème de la Crème of artists from more than 50 different countries create stunning artworks in 6 World Champion categories, as well as 6 Special and Amateur Awards.

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Photo Karin Upahl / Daniel Janesch
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Installation Art Award
This spectacular Award offers a game with bodies, colour and surrounding. The elite of Bodypainters show their installations on different spots in Bodypaint City and tell the visitors their special stories. At any time there is something fascinating at Bodypaint City to look at, to stun and to think of.
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Installation Art Projects Birgit Mörtl (oben) Agnieska Glinska (unten)
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WBF Music & Shows

The World Bodypainting Festival defines itself as a full-time Open Air art park with attractions for the young and the old, therefore also the musical entertainment is an essential part. Different stages and action areas with national, as well as international bands, street musicians and DJs are part of "Bodypaint.City". 

Around the presentations of the finalized living Bodypainting canvases, a high quality music program takes place.

Music highlights in the past were, for example, Shaggy, Inner Circle, Gentleman, Madcon, Camo & Krooked Wanda, Glasperlenspiel, Mono & Nikitaman, The BossHoss, Stereo MCs, Lost Frequencies to mention a few. See the full program and line up under the menu "Program"
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Photo Daniel Janesch
Traditionally the last highlight on the Final day is the legendary colourful AFTERSHOW Party

Details and Line up in the program overview - Program will regularly be updated!

WBF Fashion

Within an event, where the body is the artwork, a connection to the topics of styling and fashion is clearly given. Runway Shows, Styling Corner and Beauty Make-up workshops and demonstrations take place during the main days. 

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Shows Lora Tulchinski / Latex Fashion by Odd Territory

Bodypainting & Beauty Expo, Lifestyle market, Food Trucks and many more stunning things

What would a festival be without the opportunity to grub and look. The body is the most important part of the Festival, but there will be the Bodypainting & Beauty expo in 2019 as well. The best producers and sellers of Bodypainting colour and equipment and other professional exhibitors from inland and abroad are on site with their stalls and all Bodypainters (and who want to become one) can test, compare and buy products, for sure under professional guidance of the tradeshow exhibitors. Beside Bodypainting products, the market offers cosmetics, make-up and hair products. 
This Lifestyle market presents many handcrafted, creative and decorative things as well as fashion, jewellery, piercing, tattoo, wild style and accessoires.
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The different culinary stalls und lovely designed foodtrucks offer something for any taste. Besides regional specialitites you can also try international streetfood trends. 

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World Bodypainting Photo days

including the international photo contest “World Bodypainting PHOTO Award”

Bodypainting is an ephemeral art and before it is simply washed away, it has to be captured. It has an intimate connection to photography and has influenced the development, within this discipline, of a whole new genre. Therefore, the WBF main days offer photographers an amazing location, professional models, performers and the best artists in the world, that support the photographers, so they can capture that 'perfect' Bodypainting image.

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Photo Carsten Rentz, Winner Photo Award

Details on photo activities & Tickets


The Pre-program from 7-10 July 2019

WB Academy Workshops

The Festival week starts on Sunday, the 8th of July with the "WB Academy", which is the high professional education and training program for Bodypainters, Make-up artists, photographers and models (and for all those, who wish to become one). The best teachers in their fields share their knowledge and secrets in many different workshops and seminars. 
Many classes for beginners, as well as advanced and professionals take place in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. With the great support of our sponsors as among others Kryolan, Senjo Color, Cameleon, Diamond FX, Mac Pro and Davinci it is possible to keep the Academy affordable for everybody. 
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Body Circus

The party highlight during the festival week is indeed the traditional Body Circus on Tuesday- the  surreal ball. Visitors  in fantastic costumes, decorated with bodypainting, extreme make up or masks show up in a mystic surrounding. Shrill music acts, Djs, visuals and fantastic artists fascinate the visitors until the early morning. Again we have a magic castle to celebrate the ball of the bodypainters. The location 2019 will be in the old town of Klagenfurt.

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"Every year my crew and I make efforts to create a very special festival for you. Our "Boutique Festival" takes place for the 22nd time. With lots of passion from our crew, the participants and the other visitors we can promise you a wonderful and inspiring time in Bodypaint City!"

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Alex Barendregt // World Bodypainting Festival

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Love at the WBF, Special Effects Artist Andrea Benocci, Photo Ionut Oluru

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