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Australian Body Art Festival 2021 - FREE Spectator Event

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by Elaine (subscribe)
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Human canvases transformed into captivating works of art
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Australia's not-to-be-missed premier body art event is back for 2021! Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


Australia's not-to-be-missed premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Festival, returns to Cooroy once again in 2021. After the challenges that 2020 presented, the Australian Body Art Festival's objective is to present a platform for artists and spectators to travel to a time before or after the 'bug' put lives on hold and … voilà, we have a new theme for 2021, Time Travel. Historical or futuristic? No matter how the artists wish to portray their art, the organisers of Australian Body Art Festival are determined that the 2021 event will be absolutely magical!

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
Australian Body Art Festival Program - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


This delightfully flamboyant festival has been growing in leaps and bounds every year, providing festival lovers with an energetic, exciting and colourfully creative experience, that is appreciated by all who attend.

The theme in 2019 at the Australian Body Art Festival was 'Other Worlds' - readers may notice an extraterrestrial theme to images in my article. In 2021 spectators and audiences are in for the ride of their lives, so buckle up those time capsule seatbelts and prepare to be mesmerised with 'Time Travel', where anything and everything could be on the canvas …. hmmm, body canvas! All artists require is … imagination and creativity … and a body to paint, of course!

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
Gorgeous body painting - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


The Australian Body Art Festival focuses on competitions in full body painting - temporary art, not tattooing - with artists from all over Australia, exhibiting their works in various mediums. The Australian Body Art Festival also showcases competitions and exhibitions in speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects and wearable art.

So what can spectators look forward to at the all-ages 2021 Australian Body Art Festival?

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
Before (author's image) and stunning finished product (Australian Body Art Festival FB image)


The 2021 Body Art Competition sees the introduction of the Junior Face Painting Competition, for all young (under 18 years of age) and upcoming face painters, to join in on the fun.

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
Junior Face Painting Competition for under 18's - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


Thanks to Noosa Outback, entry fees for competitors are lower in 2021 than in previous years, with cash prizes up for grabs too. Limited spots are still available for artists to enter to be able to compete in the absolute best body art event of the year. Please follow this link, via trybooking, for available categories, entry fees, important information and to enter.

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
Before (author's image) and sensational end product (Australian Body Art Festival FB image)


Time for Spectator registration!
Even though entry is free to spectators, due to Covid regulations, the festival site will be fenced and there will be limited numbers permitted on site at any one time. To ensure as many people as possible get the opportunity to attend the fabulous Australian Body Art Festival, the organisers have five planned sessions across the weekend. Starting with the first session - Opening Night - on Friday 9 April in the evening; two sessions on Saturday 10 April and another two sessions on Sunday, the 11 April, spectators will be required to register. In order to gain entry, visitors will require a pre-registration ticket - no ticket, no entry!
To avoid disappointment, please book your tickets online here.

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
A magically unique event! Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


There is still limited space available for non-Food Market Stallholders (any other type of market stall, except food), who are invited to register their market stall to be part of Australia's premier body art event. Please follow this link for a Market Stall Registration Form.
Please note - all Food Stall Vendor allocations have already been taken up.

Proudly presented by Cooroy Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Body Art Festival is a sponsor's dream, attracting extensive media attention and crowds. If you are interested in getting involved, please follow the link here to download the 2021 ABAF Sponsorship Invitation.

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
Human canvases are transformed into captivating works of art! Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


The 2021 Australian Body Art Festival organisers are expecting heaps of visitors to attend this spectacularly fabulous weekend, especially with the Festival being held over the school holidays. So, why not plan a whole weekend escape - Cooroy has plenty of accommodation in town and in close proximity to the festival venue -
RV accommodation a few hundred metres walk from the festival site;
plus an out-of-town accommodation option;
for Air BnB, luxury holiday cottages, camping and caravanning options, please follow the above highlighted links.

Australian Body Art Festival 2021, FREE spectator event, not-to-be-missed premier body art event, Cooroy, historical, futuristic, magical, flamboyant, Time Travel, full body painting, temporary art, not tattooing, speed UV painting, face painting, surfboard art, airbrush, special effects, wearable art, Noosa Outback, spectator registration essential, no ticket, no entry, weekend escape, extravaganza, heart of Noosa, captivating works of art
An art gallery of painted creations! Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


The dazzling Australian Body Art Festival extravaganza held in Cooroy, in the heart of Noosa's hinterland, is nothing short of breathtaking. For members of the public, who are not competing, it's a magically unique event, particularly worthy of a weekend bookmark. Be prepared to be totally awe-struck by the exceptional talent on display, where boundaries are pushed and human canvases are transformed into captivating works of art.

Images courtesy of author and via the Australian Body Art Festival 2019 FB, with thanks to Monique Vecchio, Steve Fekete, Danielle Taylor, Owen Lyell and Polly Back for the photos!
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Why? To appreciate an energetic and colourful creative experience
When: Friday 9 April to Sunday 11 April | Please see program for times
Where: Apex Park, 2 Maple Street, Cooroy, QLD 4563
Cost: FREE for spectators
Your Comment
Good to know its back this year. Thanks Elaine.
by Barry (score: 3|2172) 55 days ago
Such intricate detail on those of these works Elaine.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2547) 54 days ago
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