South Korea Has an Epic International Body Painting Festival Every Year

Models from different parts of the world transformed into living works of art during a body painting festival in Daegu Metropolitan City in South Korea.

Held on Aug. 25-26 at the Kolon Field Concert Hall in Duryu Park, Daegu, the theme at this year’s Daegu International Bodypainting Festival was all about “love” with a focus on “fantasy.”

Artists from around the world participated in the annual event which joins costume and artistry to create stunning artwork out of the human canvass. The event also had diverse performances with music, dance and magic, and other exhibitions.

Thousands of visitors also enjoyed free services such as face painting and nail art. 

Sixty-one international teams showcased some intricate body murals to vie for cash prizes worth thousands of dollars offered for the top three body painters and make-up artists.

According to the event’s Facebook page, participants pay an entry fee of 100,000 Korean Won ($90) per team for the bodypainting category and 50,000 Won per team for the fantasy make-up category.

The top winner of the DIBF Bodypainting Awards gets a trophy and 10 Million Won in cash prize ($9,000) while first place in the DIBF Fantasy Make-up Awards gets a trophy with 3 Million Won in cash ($2,700). Meanwhile, the DIBF Best Model Award winner gets 1 Million Won in cash ($900).

Trophies and cash prizes are also awarded to the second and third place winners in each category.

Check out some of the amazing images from the event below:

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Aside from the Daegu International Bodypainting Festival (DIBF), the local government of Daegu also organizes other cultural events such as the Daegu International Opera Festival (DIOF) and the Daegu International Musical Festival (DIMF).

While they all have short histories, they are three of the most famous festivals focusing on each field in South Korea.

Featured Image via Instagram / kkaemong_ (Right), if_hyun (Left)

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