World Bodypainting Festival

The World Bodypainting Festival is an annual festival. From 1998 to 2010, the festival was held in Seeboden, Carinthia, Austria, near the Millstätter See, every year in July. The venue since 2011 is Pörtschach at lake Wörthersee. The World Bodypainting Festival was created in 1998 by Alex Barendregt. At the time, Barendregt was working in a local travel agency and was given the task of organising a new summer event in Seeboden. He chose body painting on a whim after seeing a photograph about it. Although the festival wasn't very popular at first, today it is the biggest annual event of the body painting culture and community. The festival is the first of its kind in the world and has become the Mecca of Bodypainting. It draws the best body painting artist from over 40 countries and models, as well as tens of thousands of visitors, from all over the world every year.

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