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Bodypaint Gathering

For the third year in a row Castlefest welcomes the Body and Face Art Gathering.

The Gathering is a creative meeting for bodypaint artists and models from The Netherlands and abroad. On each festival day they will work alongside each other on colourful creations that sometimes arise spontaneously or have been prepared for months. For you as a visitor this is an ideal opportunity to get acquainted with this special art form. It is fascinating to see how the creations come to existence. We advise you to drop by an hour after the start of an activity, then take a tour of the Castlefest site and come back an hour or half an hour before the end of the activity, to admire the end result. Some visitors stay there for hours, to follow the whole process of creation. 

Step into the world of The Gathering and discover the unique atmosphere. You have to experience this!

Register as a painter or model (18+)
Do you have experience with body art and are you able to bring your own make-up kit? Make sure to register! At the festival grounds you can buy a lot of body art material at the many vendors as well. After registering, both painters and models will receive a document with additional information. If we do not know you as a painter or model yet, we will contact you for a short introduction and consultation about your background in the body paint world. You specify your availability as a model so that painters can approach you. Registration is no guarantee for participation.

Please note: all activities and entry are free for painters and their models, but you need to take care of your own transportation and accommodation. Please read the information on this website too, with suggestions about hotels and campsite.

Click here to register as a painter

Click here to register as a model

PROGRAM

The bodypainters will work within a ‘theme of the day’ and many activities are offered to inspire them. For example, it is possible to take part in an activity with your own model, to carry out a project with a group of painters or to learn something new in a workshop. You will find all activities in the schedules below.

Workshops and activities

Unlike previous years, there is only one full workshop (paid activity) on Thursday afternoon. We are still planning on two-hour workshops in the evenings, so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates. Painters can choose from the many activities too.

Thursday: Workshop Camouflage
13.00 - 19.00h, report at 12.30h

In this six-hour workshop ‘Camouflage’ you'll learn how to blend your model into the background with body paint. Last year this workshop resulted in amazing creations and the first registrations have already been received. So sign up quickly to be part of this experience! Suitable for both beginners and advanced body painters, with their own model (18+). Price: € 75,-
Sign up via mail: inschrijven@marciartistic.nl
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Friday: More about a short workshop in the evening will be announced soon.
Saturday: More about a short workshop in the evening will be announced soon.

For all activities and workshops the painter is required to bring his/her own model (18+) and materials. Registration in advance is required for both painter and model.

THURSDAY - Theme: FAIRY TALES

Thursday

Campsite and Festival open at 10.00h. Register at the Gathering info tent between 12.00 and 12.30h. The Gathering Program takes place from 12.30 till 20.00h. We’ll start the day together with the morning meeting.

12:30 - 13:00
Morning Meeting
13:00 - 19:00
Workshop Camouflage
13:00 - 18:00
Carrousel
13:00 - 18:00
Full Bodypaint
17:00 - 20:00
Three Colours Painting
18:00 - 20:00
Torso Paint
18:00 - 20:00
Pressure Cooker

FRIDAY - Theme: CREATURES OF THE SEA

Friday

Festival opens at 10.00h. Register at the Gathering info tent between 10.00 and 10.30h. The Gathering Program Gathering takes place from 10.30 till 20.00h. We’ll start the day together with the morning meeting at 10.30h.

10:30 - 11:00
Morning Meeting
11:00 - 17:00
Group Project
11:00 - 17:00
Full Bodypaint
11:00 - 17:00
The complete picture
15:00 - 20:00
UV Painting
17:00 - 20:00
Out of the box
17:00 - 20:00
Pressure Cooker

SATURDAY - Theme: FANTASY

Saturday

Festival opens at 10.00h. Register at the Gathering info tent between 10.00 and 10.30h. The Gathering Program Gathering takes place from 10.30 till 20.00h. We’ll start the day together with the morning meeting at 10.30h.

10:30 - 11:00
Morning Meeting
11:00 - 16:00
Carrousel
11:00 - 17:00
Group Project
11:00 - 17:00
Full Bodypaint
11:00 - 17:00
The complete picture
16:00 - 20:00
Glitter Paint
17:00 - 20:00
Pressure Cooker
17:00 - 20:00
Thee Colours Painting

SUNDAY - Theme: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Sunday

Festival opens at 10.00h. Register at the Gathering info tent between 10.00 and 10.30h. The Gathering Program takes place from 10.30 till 17.00h. We’ll start the day together with the morning meeting at 10.30h.

10:30 - 11:00
Morning Meeting
11:00 - 14:00
Torso Paint
11:00 - 14:00
Pressure Cooker
11:00 - 14:00
2x2 Connected
11:00 - 17:00
Group Project
11:00 - 17:00
Full Bodypaint
11:00 - 17:00
The Complete Picture
14:00 - 17:00
Torso Paint
14:00 - 17:00
Pressure Cooker
14:00 - 17:00
2x2 Connected

More info on the activities


Full body paint
The artists transform their model based on the daily theme and with all the techniques they want to use: sponge, brush, airbrush, glitter or special effects.

The complete picture
The artists transform their model using body paint, a headpiece, clothing, accessories and matching make-up / face paint. Let yourself be surprised by the creations that are "finished" from head to toe.

Group project
Several artists and models form a group that will create an overall picture together. This can be a three-dimensional body paint, a still life or, for example, a glimpse into a painting. This is a huge job, of course for the painters, but certainly for the models as well! As a visitor we advise you to come and have a look one hour after the start and come back around half an hour before the end of this activity to admire the end result.

Carrousel
The models rotate along the working artists, who all work within the theme of that day. Together they shape the end result of all creations.

Pressure cooker
Body painting within the day theme, but with a maximum of three hours. For an average full body paint you need at least five hours, with more details up to seven or more. Having far less time works as a pressure cooker for creativity!

Three colours of paint
As the title suggests: the artists choose three colours for their design. Experience how something special is created with limited resources and a lots of creativity.

Torso paint
The artist picks three cards: colours + shapes + an item. The fourth factor is the theme of the day. Only the upper body of the model is being painted. The body painters can also work together with one model.

Out of the box
The artist is given a few minutes to pick items and materials from a box. That is processed as tools / paint / accessories in the body or face paint.

2x2 Connected
Two artists work on two models, who form a work of art together.

UV Paint
In the large tent you will find a pitch dark room, only illuminated with UV lamps. Be amazed by the special atmosphere and effects that blacklight bodypaint gives. Photography is allowed here, but only without flash!

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