WBF 2018

::: Celebrating Visual Culture & Music :::

8 - 14 July 2018 in Klagenfurt / AUSTRIA

World Championships in Bodypainting, Int. Music Bands & DJ's, Parties, Exhibitors, Photo Areas, Workshops, Art Installations, Food Trucks, Galleries & much more...

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Week Program

Sunday July 8th - Wednesday July 11th, 2018


WB Academy

WB Academy 08 - 11 July / 10:00am-5:00pm

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



Performance "Symbiodies" 08. July / 5:00pm

Italian choreographer and awarded artist Elena Tagliapietra presents "Symbiodies", an art performance and exhibition opening in the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia (MMKK)
Location: Burggasse 8


The Bird Cage..

The Bird Cage.. 09 July / 8:30pm

Open Air theatre in the inner court of the Stadthaus „EIN KÄFIG VOLLER NARREN - upgraded colorful by Diamond FX" a special edition of the Theater Summer. Tickets € 12-18,  Location: Theaterplatz 3

Book presentation

Book presentation "Dream Land" 09 July / 7:30pm

Israelian born visual artist Shlomit Schatzmayr presents her new book "Dream Land" just before the theatre play in the Stadthaus. 
Location: Theaterplatz 3

Body Circus

Body Circus 10 July / 8:00pm - 4:00am

the surreal ball in the castle Schloss Maria Loretto presented by BERGLIEBE, is a very shrill and colourful Party with top acts such as MÖWE, CROELL, VALERY STAR, HANNES SCHNELL, FORCE FM UK & MATT EMULSION uvm.
from 8.00pm: Roll Up, Roll Up! The Red Carpet to the surreal Ball


Bodypainting Shopping Day

Bodypainting Shopping Day 11 July / 10:00am - 6:00pm

Living mannequins at the Old Square "Alten Platz". An activity of the inner city shops and the WBF - powered by Senjo Color


Vernissage "The Magic Angle" 11 July / 8:00pm

Exhibition opening of the world renown bodypainting artist Johannes Stoetter in the city gallery Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt.  Location: Theatergasse 4

Make-up Day - the conference

Make-up Day - the conference 11 July / 11:00am- 5:00pm

The Art & Commerce of Make-up is presented by The Powder Group hosted by Michael DeVellis -
a day full of unique demonstrations and discussions with a broad range of world-renowned faces such as Dany Sanz | Einat Dan | Joe Dulude II | Craig Tracy | Jinny | Filippo Ioco | Matilda Inozemtseva | Bella Volen | Emma Rutherford | Alex Barendregt.


Musil Museum - Bodypainting, the ultimate protest tool

Musil Museum - Bodypainting, the ultimate protest tool 11. July / 11.00am-6.00pm

The world seeks to disempower you. In this workshop, Victoria Gugenheim shows you how to take back that power: Through using bodypaint as a protest tool, a way of accepting your body, and standing up for your rights, while letting go of fear.


City Gallery

City Gallery WBF Art Partner

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

Exhibition opening "The Magic Angle" of the world renown bodypainter Johannes Stoetter in the city gallery Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt.
Exhibition from 8 July - 30 August 2018,  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 | 8 - 11 July 2018

bodycircus Body Circus | 10 July 2018

thu Main program | 12 July 2018

fri Main program | 13 July 2018

sat Main program | 14 July 2018

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Body Circus - the surreal Ball


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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 2018 presented by BERGLIEBE got again a stunning venue. On the east bay of the lake, at the new festival city Klagenfurt you can discover the enchanting castle LORETTO.  This majestic venue will host the traditional, surreal and bizarre ball. "Body Circus“ which is traditionally known as the main attraction of the festival week.

For the 21st 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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  • € 25 on door // € 19 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

Schloss / Castell Maria Loretto
Lorettoweg 54 
9020 Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

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Line-up 2018 präsentiert von BERGLIEBE
Garden Room ft. FM4 La Boum Deluxe

★ MÖWE (Armada Music), AT
★ CROELL (Bergliebe) AT
★ Sebastian Schlachter (FM4 La Boum Deluxe)
★ Kristof Grandits (AT)
★ DAN RUBELL (Bergliebe) AT
★ FLEXIBLE (Bergliebe) AT

Program Schedule  (2017, details for 2018 to be expected in March)

  • from 07.00 pm: Styling Jam Session
    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"
    20:00 21:30 Matt Emulsion | Chris Contrast (UK)
    21:30 23:00 CROËLL, (Bergliebe, AT)
    23:00 00:30 Valery Star (UA)
    00:30 01:00 MÖWE (Armada, AT)
    01:00 02:30 Electronic Youth (UK)
    02:30 04:00 Dan Rubell (Bergliebe, AT)

  • Timetable, on the Decks "Terrace"
    20:00 21:30 Mighty Mottl (AT)
    21:30 23:00 Flexible (Bergliebe, AT)

  • Timetable, on the Decks "Garden Room" feat. FM4 La Boum Deluxe
    23:00 00:00 Kristof Grandits (Techno am See)
    00:00 01:30 Sebastian Schlachter (FM4)
    01:30 03:00 Matt Emulsion | Slim Bubba (UK)
  • 04.00 Uhr: Closing

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Photo Guenter Floeck

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Artists, Annimals, Sensations!
Photo Bertrand Orsal
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Body Circus, Photo Karin Landl

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su we Week program | 8 - 11 July 2018

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thu Main program | 12 July 2018

fri Main program | 13 July 2018

sat Main program | 14 July 2018

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Volunteer Team

The World Bodypainting Festival ® is the biggest and most important body art event in the world. It was founded and developed in 1998 as a small event to give people the opportunity to experience the art of bodypainting. Since then, the festival has grown every year into an international top event, which still maintains the original connected feeling of the bodypainting family and community.

So many wonderful artists from different countries travel once a year to Austria to celebrate art and friendship. To make this passionate event happen, we as a non profit organizer are depending on helping hands that creat this wonderful community. Many friendships are made here and last for a lifetime.

The festival starts on Sunday July 8th with the main days from July 12 - 14th. 


BECOME A PART OF THE world's most colourful event

The festival can only be organized with the support of the town, local government and volunteers like yourself who put their ability, talents and time together for such a dynamic festival to exist. Come and join this wonderful community with your abilities and passion. No matter if you are young or old, with experience or not, the only thing that counts is your motivation to help.

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We have a fantastic mix of teams waiting for you to join in.


  • Workshops (Assisting in workshop and instructor maintenance).
  • Body Circus (Styling Jam Session)


  • Jury Support (Assisting jury members during the jury proses).
  • Artists Support (Assist artists and models throughout the day).
  • Photo Area Support (Assist photographers and models during photo area session).
  • Backstage day/evening (Assist backstage crew)
  • Information/communication (Work in info points throughout Bodypaint City).
  • Check points (Work on check points on specific times throughout Bodypaint City).
  • Exhibitor Management (Assist with the correct allocation of the exhibitor boot).
  • Video (Assisting, cutting, recoreding)

Throughout the year

  1. Creative volunteers (Brainstorming on various projects, graphics, video, writing, translations)
  2. Program coordinators (on various smaller projects)
  3. WBF Ambassadeurs


Join us

Registrations until February 28th for the first phase

We are excited by your submission and are very happy to have you in our team. 
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WBF Tickets 2018

Main Days: Thursday, 12th July - Saturday, 14th July 2018

Normal Bookings via:
incl. ticket fee
1 Day Day Ticket
€ 21 € 25 - wb ticket
1 Day Day Ticket Teenager (from 12-16 years) € 9 € 9 - wb ticket
1 Day Day Ticket Kids (until 12 years) - - - -
3 Day Festival Pass € 49 € 59 wb shop button20px wb ticket
1 Day VIP Lounge Day incl. Photo Pass
€ 189 € 229 wb shop button20px wb ticket
3 Day VIP Lounge Gold incl. Photo Pass € 389 € 429 wb shop button20px wb ticket
1 Day * Photo Pass only upon availability on site
- € 99 - -
3 Day * Photo Pass incl. 3-Day Festival Pass € 169 € 189 wb shop button20px wb ticket

Side Events & WB-Academy Workshops: Sunday 08th - Wednesday 11th July 2018

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** WB Academy Pass € 319 € 449 wb shop button20px *only via WB Shop
  Body Circus, the surreale Ball 10th July Castello Loretto € 19 € 25

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General Information

  • All tickets include the national sales tax and all ticket fees.
  • The discounted price is available until 2:00 pm of the event date.
  • 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  Stadtgalerie75px and the Museum of Modern Art Carinthia MMKK logo 75px
  • 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)
  • 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

** WB Academy Pass

  • Sunday 8 July - Wednesday 11 July 2018
  • 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:
    € 339 when booking until 01 Dec. 2017
    € 399 when booking until 01 Feb. 2018
    € 439 when booking until 01 May. 2018
    € 339 when booking until 01 Jul. 2018 (Please note: limited selection due to fully booked classes from this period)

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"Visual Duet" - WBF Fine Art Exhibtion

Fine Art Exhibition “Visual Duet” by Emma Hack (Australia) & Bella Volen (Austria/Bulgaria)

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Venue: Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Theatergasse 4, 9020 Klagenfurt, www.stadtgalerie.net
Vernissage: 27 Jul. 8:00 pm, free entrance
24 Jul. – 10 Sept. 2017



★ ★ Visual beauty, rich dimension and feminine power unite the works of the two international artists Emma Hack (Australia) & Bella Volen (Bulgaria/Austria).
They invite the observer to join a dreamy journey of colors, patterns, nature, sometimes figurative, another time geometric paintings.
Two different, sensual points of bold and elegant world view.

About Bella Volen (Austria/Bulgaria)

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Bella Volen is Vienna, Austria-based professional Bulgarian fine artist, who works world wide as an artist and art instructor.
Bella works with different medias as cooks use different flavors. Her focus is mainly in canvas painting and human transformations through body painting, photography and video, but she does also murals, performance, installations, stage design, stage costumes and book illustrations.
She has a master degree in painting and has been awarded with 18 prizes at competitions all around the world, lecturer at the World Bodypainting Academy, judge and curator of projects.

Coming from an established arts family in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, Bella was raised as third and sixth generation artist among painters, sculptors, dancers and poets.
Her natural talent was supported with thirteen years of formal study in some of the most prestigious art institutes including the fine arts secondary school and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In 2003 Bella moved to Vienna, where she has studied painting.

She is currently writing a book about the ritual body art history, which took many years of research.

Since 1998 her paintings have been exhibited in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, England, China, South Korea, Thailand, USA, Hungary, Venezuela. As a commission artist she has created projects in the already mentioned countries, but also in Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, Africa, Spain, Wales, India, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
„A big part of my paintings have been inspired by quantum physics and the phenomenon of time.
The total work of art is my biggest passion, where all our senses are activated, different tools, visual and sound qualities blend into one. My work is a mixture of places and cultures, a search for the true path, a tea ceremony of the future, tectonic dynamic - a rhythm in form. Flowing musical movement, delicate tactility and melting borders. I am a moment hunter, searching between the time and the unspoken words. Running after brave dreams, believing in wonders, enjoying the present moment with feet deep in old traditions and eyes stared at the future. Music has been always my biggest inspiration.

If asked
the nature of chanoyu (tea ceremony)
say it's the sound
of windblown pines
in a painting.
~Sen Sotan, (1578-1658)

This quote symbolizes my visual search. And this is what I am trying to create, paintings, which are alive. I am always working on the „windblown trees“ in my work. „
In 2009 after a trip to Shanghai, Bella came up with an idea and this idea became a new art form and direction called: Paintloon- there where balloon sculpting meets paint.

Art is a mirror – let’s change the reflection!

1/2010 Diploma, master degree in painting
2003-2010 Study of painting at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (Prof. Wolfgang Herzig, Prof. Johanna Kandl, Prof. Heribert Just)
2002-2003 Study of graphic arts and printmaking techniques at the National Academy of Fine Arts , Sofia, Bulgaria
2001-2002 Art course in drawing after the old masters (Prof. Katja Kostova and Prof. Peter Chuklev)
April 2000 Art exchange, City of Bath College, England
1996-2001 Ilia Petrov National High School of Fine Arts (special subject: painting), Sofia, Bulgaria
1995-1996 Fine arts courses for drawing, painting and composition (Prof. Ganovski and Reggio


About Emma Hack (Australia)

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EMMA HACK is an Adelaide-based, Australian artist working in the unique medium of body paint installation and photography. Exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999, Emma’s astounding artworks have since captured the attention of collectors and art lovers worldwide.

Emma has received great acclaim for her refined body paint camouflage technique; through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, her work evokes a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Best known for her Wallpaper series (2005-2010) - in which she painstakingly camouflaged the human form by hand painting her models into the remarkable designs of the late Florence Broadhurst. 2013 saw the release of ‘Florence’s Archive’, a collection created by Broadhurst of never-seen designs since her passing in the late 70’s. Emma was able to choose colour-ways and oversee production of these exclusive wallpapers. The result is a collection of beautifully float-mounted, low edition, highly collectable works.

Emma’s diverse artwork collections draw inspiration from the unique Australian flora and fauna, as well as Oriental influences. Her highly sought after ‘Native Mandala, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘Utopia’ and ‘Birds of Prey’ collections feature native animals and live birds resting on the models arm or hands, connecting her muse to the environment and enhancing the illusion of her body art. Emma’s travels abroad inspire her collections, drawing from the symbolism of other cultures and the decorative arts, Emma interprets treasures around the world in her form of illusion, ‘Blue & White’ and ‘Treasured Tiles’ explore these motifs.

Emma’s collaboration with Grammy award winning musician Gotye resulted in the iconic, award winning music video for Somebody That I Used to Know, which has been viewed by over 550 million people worldwide, raising her profile in the US, UK and Europe. Emma has since worked on major artistic commissions for Motor Accident Commission, South Australia, where she built a sculpture of 17 bodies, painted as a crashed car, again drawing worldwide attention to her craft. Emma’s commission for WA Ballet utilised the form of 21 Ballet dancers to create their 2014 program imagery. Emma’s commission and curated space for celebrity chef, Nic Watt has everybody gazing at a larger than life Madame Hanoi at Adelaide’s most talked about restaurant mural.

Emma launched her philanthropic ‘Emma Hack Art Prize’ in 2014, a yearly competition as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. It features South Australia’s most talented artists, vying for the $5000 prize. It is currently the only prize established for South Australian artists.

Emma Hack has held successful solo shows throughout Australia and abroad at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, NYC and London, Bluerider Art in Taipei as well as hugely successful art fairs in Singapore, Brussels, Aspen, The Hamptons, Hong Kong and Milan. Emma opened her flagship Studio and Gallery, Emma Hack Gallery opened her flagship gallery in North Adelaide in her hometown of Adelaide from 2014 - 2016. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections globally.


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