Remember the days when we used to go to a party and the moment a butterfly was painted across on our face, we’d marvel at the perfection of the clown lady’s work of art? I am referring to little-me at the tender age of 4, but perhaps you thought of a time when you were a tad older. Whatever floats your boat. Well, the butterfly has now been (dramatically) overshadowed by a new event that I recently came across…the World Bodypainting Festival.
Austria just hosted the 16th World Bodypainting Festival from July 5 to 7; a mishmash of internationality, creativity, art, music and fashion. 29,000 onlookers and participants from 45 countries attended – looks like I wasn’t the one fascinated by this event. The theme for this year was ‘Planet Food’ and here are a couple of things that they came up with. Prepare to be amazed…
The event was held in Pörtschach, an impressive location surrounded by turquoise water which was the perfect backdrop for the art form. Not only were the world championships in bodypainting held there, they also had a night contest for UV effects, special effects make-up awards, a body circus (some surreal ballroom), an extensive exhibition area & market, exhibitions, photography and huge music-synchronised fireworks.
My obsession is building.
“With body painting, photography, costumes and special effects, dance and show it is a melting pot of artistic styles and forms.”
Now this is something to put on my bucket list. I’m sure it’ll go on a couple of yours too.