Last year due to the pandemic, for the first time in it’s more than two decade history, The World Bodypainting Festival live program had to be cancelled. But not one for sitting on the sidelines waiting to be able to join together again in person, the program’s founder Alex Barendregt decided to go online with the event. The virtual event was a great success and while the 2021 event was originally planned to go live again in Klagenfurt, Austria, the ongoing pandemic issues made this impossible so Alex once again is going online with the program. We sat down (virtually) with Alex to learn more about this months event.
This will mark the second year that the WBF has been held virtually. How was last year’s event received by the WBF community?
The community fully understood that we had to cancel the live event. It took us some weeks to announce that we are going to do a virtual event and the response was incredible. They loved it very much to be able to create some art at least from their homes. The common feeling during the pandemic was depressing enough, it was a
bright light on the dark horizon that we pulled off such a virtual contest. Within the week of the program, the world was busy creating bodypainting and makeup art. Artists from 55 nations took part, which is just incredible. After asking some people if they want to share their studio, or makeup school with other artists, the WBF Creative hotspots were born. 20 of these WBF hotspots around the world invited other artists and they made a kind of micro festival in their city.
What were some of the highlights from last year?
We didn’t realize it while organizing the event, but this WBF Covid Edition 2020 was the first World Championship (not only in the makeup industry) that went from a Live to a Hybrid version. The full week was a highlight, with such a diverse program. The final TV Show we broadcasted was a unique new experience, for me personally as a host, and for the community as a format of presenting.
What will be different about this year’s program?
We will have more competition categories online and one live, the World Camouflage Award. There are many more Continue reading