#freethenipple and more at the world’s first naked performance art festival

Audience participation is encouraged.

by Alice Newell-Hanson
27 July 2015, 9:40am

On the 2nd August, artists will be taking #freethenipple many, many steps further at the world's first festival for "naked performing in an urban space" in Bien, Switzerland. Or rather, the first "officially authorised" naked performance festival, as the website for the inaugural Body and Freedom Festival clarifies. Arranging the event has involved a five-year negotiating process with the local authorities.

The event's organisers have invited artists from around Europe to fill the streets of Bien with live nude performances. The 17 different projects aim to break down the taboos surrounding nudity and explore the "pressing issue of the naked body in the urban space". The highpoint of the weekend will be a naked procession which visitors can join for a fee of 111.55 Swiss Francs - that's roughly £75 well spent.

To protect residents of Bien who don't want to view the art, regional Swiss news stations with broadcast information about the exact boundaries of the designated festival zone. "Those who want to avoid the naked people, can," said organiser Thomas Zollinger.



Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Image courtesy Body and Freedom Festival