Australian Body Art Festival

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Winner Face Painting by Mason Whitton
Winner Face Painting by Mason Whitton

The Australian Body Art Festival is a chance to celebrate body painting, attracting artists from across Australia each year. The Australian Body Art Festival, a spectacle of creativity, is held on the Sunshine Coast. Previously hosted in Cooroy, the event is returning to its original stomping ground in Eumundi for its 2024 edition. Each year a theme is taken on for the artists to explore.

The event runs annually in April, falling over the weekend. Visitors are welcome to join in and observe the artists at work. They’ll see human canvases transformed into walking art pieces right before their eyes. Temporary art is painted during the day, as artists compete in face painting, special effects, airbrush, and sponge. You can also register to participate each year for artists wanting to join in. The festival brings together a mix of street performers, market stalls and more to explore. This not-for-profit event is a wonderful initiative to spotlight this unique and entertaining art form.

Airbrushing on stage
Airbrushing on Stage

Australian Body Art Festival Makes a Colourful Return to Eumundi in 2024 on the 20th & 21st April 2024!!

Eumundi’s Time-Traveling Art Extravaganza
Dust off your calendars and circle April 20th and 21st, because Eumundi is about to transform into a vibrant playground for the Australian Body Art Festival. After a brief nine-year intermission, this feast for the senses returns with a bang, themed around the intriguing concept of “Time Travel.”

A Canvas Like No Other
Forget traditional canvases; here, human bodies and faces become the backdrop for breathtaking artistry. Whether you’re a dab hand with a paintbrush or just starting, the festival’s full body painting, special effects, and face painting competitions are your chance to shine. There’s even a wearable art category for the fashion-forward, encouraging entrants to craft outlandish outfits from recycled materials. Bottle caps as brooches? CDs as couture? Why not!

Special Effects by Fran-Catford

Not Just for the Artists
Fear not if wielding a paintbrush isn’t your forte. The Australian Body Art Festival offers every visitor a smorgasbord of sights and sounds. From the mesmerizing transformation of models into living artworks to the eclectic beats of live music, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss the new Gubbi Gubbi Zone for a deep dive into indigenous culture, or the myriad of street performers and workshops dotting the festival grounds. And with delicious food, unique market stalls, and the Matsoโ€™s bar, your senses are in for a treat.

Surfboard art - Australian Body Art Festival

Community Spirit and Support
This festival is a testament to the power of community and collaboration brought to life by dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors and grants. It’s a celebration that wouldn’t be possible without the Eumundi & District Historical Association, local businesses, and arts funding from government bodies.

So, whether you’re an artist, fashionista, or simply in search of a good time, the Australian Body Art Festival in Eumundi is the place to be this April. Dive into the details at and join us for a weekend where creativity knows no bounds!

Plan Your Visit

Whether you’re participating as an artist or soaking up the sights as a spectator, the Australian Body Art Festival in Eumundi is an experience you won’t forget. Book your accommodation early, as this event draws visitors from across the globe.

Stay tuned for more updates, including a detailed schedule of events and ticket information. Let’s celebrate the art of transformation and the power of community at the Australian Body Art Festival 2024!