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BodySpectra returns to Cape Town with ‘festival’ showcase of human artwork

 BodySpectra returns to Cape Town with ‘festival’ showcase of human artwork

South Africa’s next generation of creative talent will take centre stage on 18 November with the annual BodySpectra event presented by CityVarsity. A showcase of the Cape Town campus’s art department, the catwalk-styled show debuts body painting as it’s never been seen before.

“BodySpectra transforms the catwalk from its usual high-fashion fare into a carnival atmosphere where painted bodies, props and exceptional design transport guests into a fantasy world,” says Jo Roets, senior lecturer at CityVarsity’s Art Department.

Held at The Bancroft Studios in Vredehoek, the evening involves cocktails and canapes and an other-worldly fashion show. Master of Ceremony Noa Milan, a Cape Town-based singer-songwriter and Artscape alum, will oversee entertainment and the final awards ceremony.

With students spending up to 12-hours preparing each model, and a year’s worth of design and preparation as part of their coursework, BodySpectra is an opportunity for bright young talent to display their works and stand a chance to win top prizes.

BodySpectra awards will be given in four categories, including 100% Body Painting, 50:50 Body Painting and Accessories, Alumni and Best Model prizes. Winners will be selected by a panel of CityVarsity graduates and leaders in the industry, including Ashley Powell, Marieke Merts and Roxanne Boehme.

This year’s BodySpectra theme is ‘festival’. With inspiration drawn from the likes of Burning Man and Mardi Gras in the US, Italy’s Carnival of Venice and India’s Holi festival, guests can expect a fascinating display of dragons, deities and colourful creations with shimmering headpieces, wings and body paint that borders on reality.

The 2016 edition of BodySpectra marks the 17th year the show has been held. Originally a platform to introduce the art of body painting, make-up and prosthetics to the public, the event has grown to be a highly anticipated exhibition of CityVarsity’s young talent.

A portion of ticket sales for BodySpectra go to The Open Circle, a Maitland-based NPO that supports adults with intellectual disabilities. Following its sold-out event in 2015, guests are encouraged to reserve seats now by phoning +27 (0)27 466 6800 or emailing Jo Roets at

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