Italy, Belgium, USA and Russia are the world champions of this year's World Body Painting Festival in Portschach am Worthersee.
In the 16th Year of its existence, the World Bodypainting Festival showed an internationality and creativity like never before. Teams of artists from 45 nationalities were represented in just the competitions, including India, Kazakhstan and the Philippines, which had never been represented at the World Cup. The participants came from every continent, with representatives from Colombia and Brazil, Canada and USA, South Africa, Korea and Australia and New Zealand.
29,000 visitors and participants came to the Mecca of Body Painting to witness the very elaborate decorations and special effects on a stage surrounded by the emerald green Lake Wörthersee.
The World Bodypainting Festival was a unique blend of art, music and fashion, which is nowhere to be found anywhere else in the world. With body painting, photography, costumes and special effects, dance and show it is a melting pot of artistic styles and forms.
Various competitions, including three World Cup main categories, as well as face painting and the night contest for UV effects "World Fluoro Award" were carried out within the main festival days. The theme this year was "Planet Food" and on the final day "Holy Geometry". This year there were also two premieres: for the first time we were able to congratulate a double world champion in two different categories - Matteo Arfanotti from Italy this year is both the world's best body painter Category brush / sponge and also best Facepainter. Scott Fray managed the almost impossible, having already in recent years won world champion in the areas of brush and sponge and special effects, this year he managed the hat-trick and was world champion in the category Airbrush, he is the only artist in the world to win all three major categories. Special Effects Bodypainting Houyam Hajlaoui was world champion from Belgium. The spectacular night contest for UV was won by the team from the Russian artist Marina Vakhlialina.
The music program was as international as the number of participants. The BossHoss rocked the festival opener Bodypaint City and brought it to a boil. The British, Stereo MC's, and Starboy JGeeks from New Zealand, Matsumoto Zuko from Japan and numerous other bands, street musicians and DJs were distributed at the festival grounds. At each corner of the festival area, the "Bodypaint City" there was always something new to see and discover.
There was an impressive and varied program of designer runway shows from fashion designers. The London-based Russian Anna Kostina won the WBF Couture Award, a competition for young fashion designers.
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