Semi-clad bodies, both male and female, will be the canvas for some very unusual art during the Canadian Body Painting Championships, Sept. 4-7 at Beban Park in Nanaimo, BC.
"This is an exciting time to be given world sanctioning, while Nanaimo celebrates being a 2008 Cultural Capital of Canada," said event co-organizer Dawn Tyndall. Nanaimo's Body Gras team has a strong history and was instrumental in having the world sanctioned event being hosted on Vancouver Island.
Five workshops will be taught by some of the top artists in the world, including Shaul Maloem from the Make Up Institute Stockholm. The Monkey's Jungle Masquerade Party will welcome artists and models on Friday, September 5. The party is open to the public and begins at 7:30 pm in the Centennial Building at Beban Park. Tickets are $15.
The main body painting competition is Saturday, Sept. 6 and is open to the public from 12-6 PM. There will be live demos and face painting for kids of all ages. Saturday night features It's a Jungle Out There, with live music, a fire dancing performance, professional dance troupe, art presentations and the awards ceremonies.