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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"Baby, I love Your Way" am WBF 2017

The festival sunday is a traditional very relaxed and remixed morning and the afternoon there is the big chill with for example the famous Reggae-Band Big Mountain who became world famous with their hit "Baby, I Love Your Way". The multi platinum-selling band announced a return to the road with their upcoming 2017 tour and Austria with the World Bodypainting Festival is one of their stops.


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New Award in 2017 for Make-up Artists

In co-operation with the team of the popular artist MATILDA we have developed a new competition, the "Purple Brush Award". This award will in future tour around the world, and the finals are presented annualy at the World Bodypainting Festival. With € 2.000 cash prizes plus products this competition is another very attractive one at the WBF for advanced make-up artists.
The theme is "Fashion Seduction"

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Alvaro Soler at the WBF2017

We are very happy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Bodypainting Festival with ALVARO SOLER and many others, live on stage. The Latino Star will get the crowd into massive dance movement on the second main day of the festival. Also on saturday, there are many more live bands coming up, for example the German Urban Brass group MOOP MAMA.


Zombie Walk WBF2017

That is going to be a blast in the inner city of Klagenfurt. The "Zombie Walk 2017" presented by Senjo Color, is one of the many side events of the World Bodypainting Festival week. This gore/fun event takes place Tuesday July 25 perfect fitting placed at the plague column on the old square.

Program overview  of the festival week (updated soon) 


The first music program highlights 2017

The new location in Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee offers the World Bodypainting Festival completely new opportunities for exploration. The art is in the focus and mixes up with the content of the cultural center of the city - from the Künstlerhaus (artist's house) to the Citygallery, from the state theater to the Alpe Adria Gallery. Many details, such as the free public bus network of the STW for festival visitors or free accesses with ticket holders to the galleries will be published soon.

BUT we have also packed a lot of music highlights. Pretty perfect fitting to the World Bodypainting Festival are "Alle Farben" means "All Colours" from Berlin and "257". But there is soooo much more to come!

Artist Information 2017

All artist information for the world, amateur and special awards has been published for some time already. Now we have the other languages available as PDF Info sheets in our download section:

spanien_kl Información para los artistas en espagnolo

italien_kl Informazione per gli artisti in italiano si trova nel area download

frankreich_kl Toutes les informations pour les artistes sont disponibles dans la section download

Artist Information English

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Photo Mario Spinazze, Artist Silke Kirchhoff

WB Academy Pass 2017

We are also working intensively on our programs for the World Bodypainting Festival from 24th to 30th July 2017. The WB Academy, our education programs are of course a big part of the World Bodypainting Festival Week.

There is already the Super Early Booking Bonus for the 4 days WB Academy Pass. Once again, the top artists in the world are providing the best workshops on the planet with amazing new content. Choose from 60 workshops with the days before the World Championships. The content of the individual programs are soon available, but the line up of the WB Academy instructors is already mainly set. Some more might join ;)

To the WB Academy Pass Booking

 WB Academy 2017 Poster


Competition Themes for 2017

We have all artist information ready for 2017 and now we are ready to publish the main themes for the bodypainting competitions.

After the last years festival we would be able to pull off the 20th anniversary in 2017. It was almost Utopian to realize the anniversary without skipping a year and consequently this reflection process gave rise to this years themes.

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