• Posted:Thursday, September 3, 2009
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Backpack to a bodypainting festival
Backpackers on the road looking for some entertainment in the spring of 2010 really should head to Canada for a festival with a difference. The Canadian Bodypainting Festival, which was due to take place this autumn but has had to be postponed, is held in Nanaimo, the cultural capital of Canada in 2008.

According to the official festival website, the appeal of bodypainting lies in "embellishing the beauty and mystery of the human form in a provocative, competitive and … titillating environment using paints, props, music and above all, imagination". Sounds pretty fantastic, and a quick perusal of the site shows some of the crazy things that have been drawn on models over the years the festival has been running. My personal favourite is the nymph-like creature posing in the woods that can be found in the gallery slideshow for 2007. That's some cool art, right there.

This year, a preliminary event is being held to make up for the lack of autumn festivities. On September 11th and 12th, a non-competitive paint jam is being put on which is open to all wishing to celebrate the art of painting on people. And if you can't make it to that event, don't worry because spring is really only a season away. It sounds like it's going to be a brilliant few days as well, if the last couple of festivals are anything to go by. Apparently, in the first competition almost 1,000 people took part. That's a lot of paint.

If you're in Nanaimo anyway and bodypainting isn't your scene, there's always the Bowen Road Farmers' market which is on every Wednesday until October and offers visitors lots of local produce. Yum yum!ADNFCR-2435-ID-19343993-ADNFCR
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