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Bodies & Beats 2017


July 28 - 30, 2017
Klagenfurt at the lake Wörthersee, Austria
Pre Program from July 24

The capital of the state carinthia is hosting the 20 years anniversary of the World Bodypainting Festival. Klagenfurt at the new venue Bodypaint City turns into a multicultural, multimedia Open Air Artspace. 

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East bay Klagenfurt, castle Loretto

  • Zones and Stages with different styles of music from international bands & DJs. 
  • Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Electronica
  • RAILex Area, street artists, installation art
  • World Championship in Bodypainting, Airbrush & Special effects, UV Bodypainting presented by Kryolan
  • more awards for artists, Make-up artists, Photographers, Video filmer
  • Lifestyle markets with fashion, crafts, tattoo, piercing & accessoires
  • Kids program, Yoga, Slacklining and much more
  • Special Effects demonstration program, exhibitions, music workshops
  • Fashion Shows and many presentations
  • Colour Splash - the original Aftershow Party
Special Early bird Tickets, e.g. 3 Days Bodies & Beats Pass € 40
WBF Side Events from July 24
  • WB Academy with more than 60 different Workshops, Demos and Discussions
  • Body Circus, the surreal ballroom presented by Diamond FX
  • Zombie Crawl
  • WBF Shopping Day
  • 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.

Artists from more than 50 different nations will do their best to stun and entertain visitors at the 20th anniversary of the World Bodypainting Festival, the world championships for Bodypainters. 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. Additionally this charming place offers a varied range of bars, cafés and restaurants, ideal possibilities for the WB Academy program and the side events. 

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Bodypaint City

WBF program scheme


mon thu Week program | 24 - 27 July 2017

fri WBF.Main program | 28 July 2017

sat WBF.Main program | 29 July 2017

sun WBF.Main program | 30 July 2017

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 „Bodypaint-City“, the main days: July 28 - 30,  2017

On the main days of the festival (Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July) the "Bodypaint City" turns into a unique and vivid Open Air art park. Daily from 11:00 am the visitors can look over the artists shoulders and until late at night uncountable art, music and show highlights take place. 

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Photo Daniel Janesch

The Competition themes 2017 are:

  • Friday and Saturday: "Utopia – what vision becomes your reality"
  • Sunday, Final day: "Customs & Traditions – tell us about yours"

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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Further Awards for artists

Beside the main categories during the day, the "World UV Bodypainting Award" will be presented as a highlight on Friday evening. Under the use of fluorescent colours the models get glowing during their presentation under black light. Spectacular effects and stunning visitors are guaranteed. 13 well chosen artists tell their stories with colour, sound and dance. Further awards are Facepainting, Special effects Make-up and Creative Make-up.

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Photos Daniel Janesch / Karin Upahl

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, to tell the visitors their special stories. At any time there is something fascinating to look at, to stun and to think of.
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Photos Bella Volen, Artists Harald Wolf / Karala B. Wallace

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 areas of action with national, as well as international bands, street musicians and DJs are part of "Bodypaint.City". 

Around the presentations of the finalized living canvases a high quality music program takes place from 11 am until after midnight. International bands, national newcomers, DJs, street artists, artistic groups and colorful show programs around the artform of Bodypainting will be presented.

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 after the big music-fireworks 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. Fashion designers get the possibility to show their collection on the runway.

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Shows Lora Tulchinski / Latex Fashion by Odd Territory

Lifestyle market, Food Trucks and many more stunning things

What would a festival be without the opportunity to grub and look. The body takes center stage and therefor also in 2017 there will be a big Lifestyle market in the north part of the Festival area, this Lifestyle market presents many handcrafted, creative and decorative things as well as fashion, jewellery, piercing, tattoo, wild style and accessoires, simply everything to decorate the body.
Further the most renowned producer and seller of Bodypainting colour and equipment are on site and located in the south area of Bodypaint city. Bodypainter and all interested visitors can test products, compare and buy, for sure under professional guidance of the tradeshow exhibitors. Also the newest products in the area of Special effects and all equipments can be found there.

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Photo Davide da Damos

World Bodypainting Photo days

with 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 2016 offer photographers an amazing location, professional models, performers, a huge variety of backdrops and some of the best artists in the world, so they can capture that 'perfect' image.

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Photo Carsten Rentz, Winner Photo Award

Details on photo activities & Tickets

"As every year my crew and I make efforts to create a very special festival for you. Our bouthique event is celebrating the 20th anniversary. With lots of passion from our crew, participants and other visitors we can promise you a wonderful and inspiring time in Bodypaint City.

We are looking forward to welcome you - Step into the surreal.

Alex Barendregt // World Bodypainting Festival

WBF-Fireworks2013 by Dieter-Novak1 winner2015

The Pre-program from July 24 -27, 2017

WB Academy Workshops

The festival week starts on Monday, the 27th of June with the "WB Academy", which is the high professional education and training program for Bodypainter, 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. 
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Many classes for beginners, as well as advanced and professionals take place in and around Pörtschach, in the areas of classic bodypainting, airbrush, facepainting, special effects, beauty and fashion Make up, photography, digital art, modelling and much more.

With the great support of our sponsors as among others Kryolan, Senjo Color, Cameleon, Diamond FX or Mac Pro it is possible to keep the Academy affordable for everybody. 


Meeting places and party locations

The lake Wörthersee is a hotspot for Party people in Austria and is well known for its great events and parties. Every evening there are different Side events. Out of the last years Zombie Flashmob the official Zombie run will be created in 2017.
 BertrandOrsal WBF Zombie 22

Body Circus

The party highlight during the festival week is indeed the traditional Body Circus - the  surreal ball. Visitors  in fantasy 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.

BertrandOrsal WBF BodyCircus 21 Ingo Wandler-123

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