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Save the date for the WBF 2018

The edition #21 of the World Bodypainting Festival is taking place next year from July 8th - 14th in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee / Austria.

After the premier in the new location, we are going to present you many new ideas and news for participants and visitors. Big note right away, the main days with the competitions will change to Thursday - Saturday with a community event on Sunday.

Download the NEW WBF Booklet 2018 with all competition categories for artists pdf_button 

The "Bodypainting Team Award" was this year a new competition category with amazing quality, see the video review below.

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20 years World Bodypainting Festival and a successful premiere in Klagenfurt

The Festival has been part of the local festival scene for 20 years now and is the biggest art and music festival of Carinthia, the southernmost federal state of Austria. 2017 was the first year in our new location – Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. The regional capital with its historical city center, theatre, and galleries is just the perfect location for the festival and its visitors, to enjoy an exciting festival week with a colourful potpourri of captivating bodypainting art and the delicious delicacies of the Street Food Market beside multiple musical top acts.

The heart of the festival was the world championship on the 3 main days (Friday 28th – Sunday 30th) with almost 300 competing artists teams from over 54 nations in various categories, trying to impress the festival visitors and the jury with their unique and outstandingly creative designs. On Sunday - shortly before midnight - the new world champions of the WBF 2017 were announced and celebrated in a spectacular awarding ceremony.

  • The category Brush & Sponge had very strong artworks this year. The world champion title was awarded to Sanatan Dinda (India) - winning the much desired title the second year in a row. Vice world champion champion got Marzia Bedeschi (Italy) followed by Cheryl Ann Lipstreu (USA).
  • In the category Airbrush, the title did go to Benoit Bottala, bringing the world champion title to Guadeloupe for the first time. Alex Hansen (Brasil) and Leonardo Giacomo Borgese (Italy) completed the winner`s picture.
  • In the category of Special Effects the Austrian artist Ludwig Decarli was awarded World Champion of 2017, he already won the vice world champion title in the same category a few years back. Beside him, Olga Popova (Russia) and Benedetta Carugatti (Italy) were happy about their prices.

Besides the 3 main categories, 10 other titles were awarded.

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Showguide, Location, Maps, Parking - ready to go!

Der World Bodypainting Festival Fans,

We are finally all done and dusted for the WBF 2017 - The planning for the Bodypain City has come to an end - you can find Location Information including info on travel, arrival and parking here The Show Guide (8mb) with the detailed program info and the line-up for the festival is ready and attached for you to check it out!

You can post or share your story on various social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, VK, Google+) and connect it to our Social Wall  by using the hastag #wbf20years. The hashtag makes it easier to find certain posts and show them to fellow fans, online as well as offline in the Bodypaint City.


We are looking forward to a fantastic 20th World Bodypainting Festival in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee!


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The new Trailer 2017

Booooom, TOUCH DOWN in Klagenfurt!

Our new trailer for the World Bodypainting Festival 2017 is here. Jump into our magic world of bodypainting with a massive line up of music shows and action such as Alvaro Soler | Alle Farben | 257ers | Onuka | Big Mountain | The Ragga Twins | Moop Mamma and many more! 

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The program and line up 2017 is ready for you!

The World Bodypainting Festival is a potpourri of bodypainting, shows and music. The whole festival week starting from July 24th offers a cumulative program with workshops, art exhibition, the zombie walk and the surreal ball Body Circus.  The festival is coming to its peak with the huge spectacle of the World Championships as well as more than 60 bands and DJs during the main days from July 28th to 30th

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Also small things show grandeur

The massive program of the World Bodypainting Festival shows also the smallest art nouveau theatre of the world. The art initiative VADA shows the theatre JUST (Jugendstil Theatre Klagenfurt) in its best and most creative way during the World Bpdypainting Festival. Within the three main days you can visit the smallest Heavy Metal concert of the world with the group "In this Chest", enjoy the Stub Ticket Theater in the temple of the Muses or experience Gernot Fischer-Kondratovitch alias Franz from Austria showing his music performance.
Hey AND the best, if you want then Show your talent! - Take your chance and perform in the smallest art nouveau theatre of the world.

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Exhibitors 2017

The Bodypainting and Beauty Fair is an integral part of the World Bodypainting Festival and a highlight in Bodypaint City. For this year’s 20 year anniversary visitors have the possibility to walk through various exhibition stands and feel color on their own skin. From make-up and hairdressing products to bodypainting supplies up to accessories such as contact lenses and wigs – everything can be found in the festival area. All TOP bodypainting companies are represented!

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Check out the list of the exhibitors

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50+ Workshops during the Festival Week

The WB Academy is a big part of the World Bodypainting Festival. The diverse and exciting education program takes place as usual during the week before the main days, 24th – 27th of July.

46 wonderful and experienced artists of 20 world-wide nations share their precious knowledge in over 50 workshops. You can choose between bodypainting, airbrush bodypainting, facepainting, make up, special effects and photography. Thanks to the varied program you get the chance either to try out your newly discovered creative side or to deepen your knowledge.

Here you find an overview and details of all workshops. Via our online shop you can easy purchase all the programs, either as a package with the WB Academy Pass or simply individual.

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