Koh Samui to host body painting festival
Koh Samui is planning to become a venue for top international body painting competitions. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Koh Samui Municipality are staging the Samui International Body Painting Competition, 26-27 March 2011, and are planning to make it a rival to other top international events, such as the International Body Painting Festival in Germany, World Body Painting Festival in Austria and the Canadian Body Painting Festival.
“For many years, body painting festivals have been held in big cities all over the world, mostly Europe,” said Wiwatchai Bunyapak, Executive Director for Events at the TAT. “I believe that this kind of art is suited perfectly to Asia as well, and TAT wants to make Thailand the centre of body painting in Asia. We want to plant the idea that if you think of body painting in Asia, you think of Samui.”
The event is expected to attract both local and international tourists, and stimulate interest in Thai art. It will bring together artists and models from countries including Austria, Germany, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Thailand, under the theme ‘Preserve the Paradise.’
Visitors can take part of the event, with opportunities for nail painting, henna painting, doll painting, and painting on recycled goods. Participants can also be models or paint on themselves.
“Koh Samui is one of the most important tourism spots in the Gulf of Thailand,” said Mr Ramanet Jaikwang, the island’s mayor. “Tourists come for its fabulous beaches and paradise ambience, making it perfect for art events.
“We have made special preparations for security and transportation, and our hotels, spas, scenic attractions and places of cultural interest are already known world-wide,” he added.
The Samui International Body Painting Competition will be held on the weekend of 26 and 27 March from 5-11pm in front of The Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort on Lamai Beach.