The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Koh Samui Municipality are staging the Samui International Body Painting Competition, March 26-27, 2011, on Koh Samui, Surat Thani province.
Bangkok, February 24, 2011 — Koh Samui, Thailand’s paradise island resort, aims to compete as a venue for top international body painting competitions, 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,” says Mr Wiwatchai Bunyapak, TAT’s Executive Director for Events. “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. Together they will create exquisite art on Koh Samui’s beaches under the theme ‘Preserve the Paradise.’
The audience can be a part of the event, as well. There will be 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,” says 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 says.
The Samui International Body Painting Competition will be held on the weekend of March 26 and 27, from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm in front of The Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort on Lamai Beach.
Entry is free.