World Bodypainting Festival WBF 2023


Since 1998, Carinthia, in the beautiful south of Austria, has hosted what is probably the most colorful festival in the world. The festival is characterized by a long tradition and has contributed significantly to the emergence of the modern body painting movement.

From September 26 – 30, 2023, the World Bodypainting Festival #wbfestival2023 will take place in Klagenfurt/Austria. And the Senjo Color team has been with us for 23 years.

  • Theme 2023: Microcosm – The realm of the tiny
  • Senjo Color – Sponsor of the Brush & Sponge Online Award
  • The WBF Program 2023
  • WBF 2023 Location

In 2022, the World Bodypainting Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary, ushering in a new era of the festival – The Next Generation.

As part of this development, the 26th World Bodypainting Festival is moving from the high season in July to the low season in September. The festival will combine the best of both worlds, online and offline.

It is still possible to take part in the World Bodypainting Festival online if it is not possible to travel to Klagenfurt in person for the live event.

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The online categories will take place on 26. and September 27, 2023 and form the prelude to a festival week that begins on September 28 to 30 with the World Awards as a live competition in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee in the new indoor location, the Messearena.

This special event will also be streamed online for everyone around the world to experience.

At the same time, there will again be the opportunity to join together to form a WBF Hotspot and thus take part in the World Bodypainting Festival together.

Main theme 2023: Welcome to Wonderland
Online Awards: Microcosm – The realm of the tiny

Bodypainting and FacePainting artist competition at the Bodypainting Festival

What challenges does this year’s theme pose? The year 2023 is all about the microcosm – the realm of the tiny. A fascinating topic!
We will once again be able to watch exciting competitions between the best artists, where everyone can show off their creative skills to the full!

Which motifs are particularly interesting for the microcosm? Clearly: everything that is tiny! From insects and spiders to bacteria and mini-robots – all these little creatures offer inexhaustible opportunities to develop our imagination and creativity. And certainly much more.

But of course such a topic also has its pitfalls… The representation of so many details requires precision and a high degree of sensitivity.

All artists need to sharpen their senses if they want to bring the microcosm to life.

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Senjo Color – Sponsor of the Brush & Sponge Online Award

As Senjo Color, we naturally have to be involved in this topic and will be supporting numerous artists.

In addition to supporting individual artists, we sponsor the Brush and Sponge Bodypainter category of the online competition.

We can hardly wait to admire the many creative ideas!

The WBF Program 2023

The NEW World Bodypainting Festival Week offers 5 days of exciting events and activities.

Three of these days will be dedicated to the WB Academy program, the side events and two online award categories, which will be held worldwide.

The LIVE Awards with the World Championships and Special Awards will take place in the Messe Arena Klagenfurt within just 2 days – a must for all art lovers!

Here you can experience up close how the artists work and enjoy DJ music or watch exciting programs for photographers, videographers and the general public.

The last day leads to the grand finale: an award ceremony including UV Night Contests followed by a legendary club/party night in the surreal ballroom known as “Body Circus”.

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WBF 2023 Location

Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee

The capital of the federal state of Carinthia and located in the border triangle of Austria, Italy and Slovenia impresses with its fantastic location directly on one of the most popular lakes in the whole of Austria.

The town is affectionately known as the “Renaissance jewel on Lake Wörthersee” – a tribute to its magnificent architecture from times gone by.

Around 500 years ago, Italian master builders were instrumental in shaping Klagenfurt and their influence can still be felt today in the preserved palaces, courtyards and squares.

Bodypaint City

Messezentrum Klagenfurt, main entrance St. Ruprechter Strasse

We are really looking forward to the World Bodypainting Festival, which has been taking place in Carinthia since 1998. With its colorful program and long tradition, it has not only shaped the modern body painting movement, but also presents a new era of the festival this year – The Next Generation.

We are excited and full of anticipation for the combination of online and offline events.

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It will be an unforgettable experience full of creative energy and a positive atmosphere that we can share with guests from all over the world.

Let’s look forward to the extraordinary competitions and fascinating creations at the World Bodypainting Festival!

And for those who still need colors to practice and compete:

About Senjo Peter 294 Articles
Seit 1992 in der Welt der Körperfarben unterwegs. Mit versorgte ich die ersten Bodypainting Künstlerfreunde mit Farben seit 1998. Bis 2009 endlich die Marke Senjo Color daraus geboren wurde.

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