World Body Painting Festival
Most Amazing Festivals in the World
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Body painting is nothing new; ancient tribes have practised this art for millennia. This festival, held annually since 1998 in early July in the southern part of Austria, brings together professional body painters (the world championships are judged at this event), as well as make-up artists and special effects creators. The variety of styles and designs is massive. Be forewarned, however, nudity is involved.
About 30,000 people attend the festival in Klagenfurt that uses the human body as an art canvas. People from 50 countries attend and compete, so it’s also a polyglot of language and culture. In one word, it’s: colourful!
In addition to the body painting competition, the festival offers fashion shows, live music, a market with clothing, tattoo artists and piercing options, experimental performance art, dance, and even a children’s program with a yoga component. We have a hunch that while this festival may currently appeal to only certain tastes, it will gain in popularity over time. The human body truly is a work of art.