World Living Statues

The Festival in 2022


The Festival

The World Living Statues Festival (WLSF) has evolved in thirteen years into the world’s most prominent festival which focuses purely on street artists who perform as living statues; an unique urban art form that continues to amaze and entertain audiences of all ages. At the moment there are about 400 worldwide professional living statues. They all joined the WLSF and form the basis of the unique biennial festival in Arnhem.

The next edition will take place for the first time in the center of Alkmaar on October 14, 15 and 16th, 2022. The different parts will be:

  • Zaandam: Statues by Night meet the Champions 19:30 - 22:30
  • Zaandam: Leven de Beelden and kidsstatues 13:00 - 17:00
  • Arnhem: Parade of the Champions 13:00 - 17:00
  • Alkmaar Oct 15th: Statues by Night meet the Champions 19:30 - 22:30
  • Alkmaar Oct 16th: World Championship Living Statues with Kids Statues 13:00 - 17:00. Afterwards the award ceremony will take place, which ends around 18.00. 


Everything takes place in the centre of the city and it's all easily accessible by public transportation. If you come by car, you can park in local parking garages. Do you live closeby? Then we recommend you to come by bike. Park your bike preferably slightly off the route. For example, in Alkmaar at the Paardenmarkt.



Artistic, touching and humorous


From the very beginning WLSF has had a huge appeal to young and old. Each festival edition has introduced more than 200.000 visitors to 200 artistic, eloquent and/or funny living statues. On the art form itself the impact of the festival is huge. Since John Eicke, the new Artistic Director of the International WLSF, was chosen World Champion (for the second time!), he has travelled without interruption from one festival to another all over the world.


The world as a playground

“Participating in Arnhem” says almost everything in the world of the living statue. But the many visitors also look forward to the festival. And publicity? From Australia to Canada and from Argentina to China…everywhere there is attention for the festival. This is, quite simply, the place to be for living statues!