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Australian Body Art Festival 2020 - FREE Spectator Event

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published March 7th 2020
Update March 16th 2020
Please note this event is cancelled.

Human canvases transformed into works of art
Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Time Travel is 2020's theme - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


Australia's not-to-be-missed premier body art event, the Australian Body Art Festival, returns to Cooroy for the weekend of the 3, 4 and 5 April 2020! This fabulous festival has been going from strength to strength every year, providing festival-goers with a vibrant, exciting and colourfully creative experience, that is appreciated by all who attend.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
An exciting weekend is planned for the 2020 Australian Body Art Festival - Image: www.australianbodyart.com.au


2019's Body Art Festival's theme was 'Other Worlds' - readers will notice the theme running through my photos - and in 2020 audiences are in for a thrilling ride with 'Time Travel', where anything and everything could be on the table .hmmm, body! All artists require is imagination and creativity and a body to paint, of course!

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Gorgeous colours to go with the smile!


The Australian Body Art Festival focuses on competitions in full body painting - temporary art, not tattooing - with artists from across Australia and around the world, exhibiting their works in various mediums. The Australian Body Art Festival also showcases competitions and exhibitions in wearable art and photography, plus for the first time ever in 2020, are proud to have a new competition category - Noosa Outback Surfboard Art, with the theme being 'Noosa Outback'.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
An entrant in the 2019 'Other Worlds'


So what can spectators look forward to at the all-ages 2020 Australian Body Art Festival:

Body Art Competitions

The Australian Body Art Festival is mainly centred around body painting in its many and varied forms, from face painting right through to full body painting using airbrush, brush and sponge and special effects. The 2020 Body Art Competition sees the introduction of the very first Junior Face Painting Competition, for all young and upcoming face painters to join in on the fun.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
A competition for young and upcoming face painters! Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


There are still tickets available for artists to compete in the absolute best body art event of the year. Please follow the link here to find categories, costing and to book online.
Please note applications have closed for 'models' as all these positions have already been filled.

Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition

A brand new category this year - Noosa Outback Surfboard Art, with the theme being 'Noosa Outback'.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Noosa Outback Surfboard Art is a brand new competition category in 2020 - Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition

The Wearable Art parades are absolutely awesome to see, with outrageous outfits created, all utilising re-used or second-hand materials. They are sure to be wild, wacky and wonderful!

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Wearable Art parades are sure to be wild, wacky and wonderful!


Weekend Entertainment and Activities

Friday 3 April is Opening Night! Artists, models, volunteers, sponsors and guests enjoy free entry to the Official Opening Night! For all other guests, tickets are only $20, which includes food, entertainment and cash bar. Come dressed in your favourite Time Travel costume. RSVP's essential. Please follow the link here to book online.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Kids just love the roaming entertainment


Visitors to the Australian Body Art Festival 2020 can expect all weekend entertainment, including live music, on the Noosa Outback Stage.
Giant games for example, Connect Four and Jenga are available for visitors to try their hand at and are all sponsored by Sunny Coast Accountants.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Giant outdoor games


Art created onsite is sponsored by the Eumundi & District Historical Association, including sculptor and carver, Shane Christensen and Joyologist, Marc Bright.
To view current sponsors or to download the 2020 Australian Body Art Festival Sponsorship Invitation, please follow the link here.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Stunning Shane Christensen creations!


Art Installations by Peter Smith (PK Steel Creations) and Jules McCrae (The Blacksmiths Atelier)
Take home a free photo memory from the Photo Booth, sponsored by Fiducian Financial Services

Food and Market Stalls

There won't be any grumbling tums at the Body Art Festival with the large variety of food stalls available to tantalise the taste buds. Feature market stalls showcasing arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion and so much more will be available, for those like me, who love to browse and shop!

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
If you're keen, there are still non-food market stall holder places to be filled


If you are keen to showcase your products at the Australian Body Art Festival, there is still space for non-food market stall holders - please follow the link here for a non-food market stall holder application form.
Applications for food stalls are totally booked out.

Mega Raffle

There are thirteen incredible prizes in this year's Mega Raffle at the Australian Body Art Festival, with first prize being two nights for two at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island. Make sure you get your tickets from the Information Tent and help support this fabulous festival.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
The body artwork is phenomenal


The 2020 Australian Body Art Festival organisers are expecting more than 10,000 visitors over this fabulously, flamboyant weekend. 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 some out-of-town accommodation options.
For Air BnB, cottages, camping and caravanning options, please follow the highlighted links.

Australian Body Art Festival 2020, free spectator event, premier body art event, Cooroy, April, vibrant, colourful, Time Travel theme, full body painting, temporary art, airbrush, brush and sponge, special effects, Junior Face Painting Competition, Noosa Outback Surfboard Art Competition, Bendigo Bank Wearable Art Competition, re-used, second-hand materials, wild, wacky, wonderful, opening night, giant games, Connect Four, Jenga, Shane Christensen, Joyologist, Marc Bright, PK Steel Creations, Jules McCrae, Photo Booth, food and market stalls, arts, crafts, wine tasting, hair and beauty, jewellery, henna art, homewares, fashion, Mega Raffle, weekend escape, heart of Noosa's hinterland, magical, unique, human canvases, works of art
Bookmark the weekend for a magically unique event! Image: Australian Body Art Festival FB


The spectacular Australian Body Art Festival held in Cooroy, in the heart of Noosa's hinterland, is nothing short of extraordinary. For members of the public, who are not competing, it's a magically unique event and 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 mesmerising works of art.

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Why? To enjoy a weekend of fabulous creativity and entertainment
When: Friday 3 April (Official Opening Night); Saturday 4 April and Sunday 5 April 2020
Where: Apex Park, 2 Maple Street, Cooroy, QLD 4563
Cost: FREE entry to spectators
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Amazing artwork... I love the painted surfboards...
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