Tourismusregion Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

World Bodypainting Festival

20 year anniversary celebrates a premiere in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee

During the anniversary year, one of the world’s brightest and most colourful cultural events will be taking to the stage from 24 to 30 July: the World Bodypainting Festival is celebrating its anniversary this year at the heart of the state capital of Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

For the last 20 years, Alexander Barendregt has been organising one of the brightest and most colourful cultural festivals: the World Bodypainting Festival. What started out as an idea at Lake Millstatt has now developed to become a new global art form, a partner to the advertising and fashion industry and a source of creative input for the film industry.

From 24 – 30 July 2017, the creatively painted and designed bodies of men and women will be transforming the ‘cultural mile’ between the Stadttheater and Künstlerhaus in Klagenfurt’s Goethepark into a colourful mass in the hot temperatures. 200 teams of artists featuring 1,500 participants from 50 nations will be battling it out for the title of world champion in various categories such as airbrushing and special effects. The park will be transformed into a lively ‘artistic mile’ while international DJs and musical top acts such as Alvaro Soler and Passenger create the optimal ambience and regional and international culinary specialities complete the offer.

Highlight Body Circus – the surreal ball

On 26 July, the quirky Body Circus ball will take place in the picturesque Maria Loretto castle, right in the East Bay of Lake Wörthersee. Fascinating and imaginatively designed models transform night into day. The Body Circus offers the chance to present yourself with a difference, get creative and submerse yourself in a world of imagination. The Body Circus is all about partying surrounded by some exceptional characters, decorated with colour, make-up and special clothing.

Anniversary tickets

As a special treat for the tens of thousands of guests, day tickets will be reduced to 20 euros to mark the 20th anniversary. The festival pass for the three main days – from 28 to 30 July – will cost 40 euros.