12 - 14 July, 2018
Klagenfurt at the lake Wörthersee, Austria
Pre Program 8-11 July 2018

After the succesful launch last year, the 21st edition of the World Bodypainting Festival presented by KRYOLAN will take place in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. The capital of Carinthia  will turn again into a multicultural, multimedia Open Air Artspace where the art Bodypainting can be admired in all its variants for a full week. 

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  • Zones and Stages with different styles of music from international bands & DJs. 
  • Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Electronica
  • RAILexd Area, street artists, installation art
  • World Championship in Bodypainting, Airbrush, Special effects & Installation Art presented by Kryolan
  • more awards for Make-up artists & Amateurs presented by Make Up For Ever, Snazaroo, Mac Pro, Mehron & Kodi Professional  and for Photographers
  • Lifestyle markets with fashion, crafts, tattoo, piercing & accessoires
  • 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 Paintparty
Special Early bird Tickets, e.g. 3 Days Festival Pass from € 49; children up to 12 years old for free

WBF Side Events from 8th of July

  • WB Academy with more than 50 different Workshops, Demos and Demonstrations
  • Open Air Theatre in the inner court of the Stadthauses (entrance festival grounds) "Birdcage - upgraded colorful" a special performance of the summer theatre group Klagenfurt
  • Body Circus, the surreal ballroom at the castle Maria Loretto
  • WBF Shopping Day at the centre of Klagenfurt with the focus on "500 years 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 21st 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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 „Bodypaint-City“, the main days: 12 - 14 July,  2018

On the main days of the Festival (for the first time: Thursday, 12 July - Saturday, 14 July) the "Bodypaint City" turns into a unique and vivid Open Air art park. Daily from 11:00am 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 Special and Amateur Awards.

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Photos Ch. Kaltseis / G. Floeck

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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Photos Bella Volen, Artists Agnieska Glinska

WBF - The fusion of Bodies & Beats

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, Wanda, Russkaja, Glasperlenspiel, Mono & Nikitaman, The BossHoss, Stereo MCs,  Lost Frequencies to mention a few. This years program can be found under the menu "Program"
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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 Tradeshow, 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 tradeshow in 2018 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.
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 in 2018 offer photographers an amazing location, professional models, performers, a huge variety of backdrops and some of 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 July 8 -11, 2018

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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Meeting places and party locations

The lake Wörthersee is a hotspot for Party people and stars in Austria and is well known for its great events and parties. Every evening during the WBF festival week, even before the main days, there are different Side events. 

New Side Events 2018:

Monday, July 9th 2018: Open Air Theatre in the inner court of the Stadthauses (entrance festival grounds) "Birdcage - upgraded colorful" a special performance of the summer theatre group Klagenfurt

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Body Circus

The party highlight during the festival week is indeed the traditional Body Circus on Tuesday- the  surreal ball which in 2018 takes place at the castle Loretto again. 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.

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East bay Klagenfurt, castle Loretto


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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 21st 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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Organisator Alex Barendregt & Tourismusverbandsleiter Host City Klagenfurt Helmuth Micheler, Photo D. Hartung

Welcome WBF2018

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