1. At least there'll be somewhere to park their bikes! Thousands of cyclists dare to bare for the World Naked Bike Ride
Thousands of cyclists in cities across the country have shed their clothes all to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride.
The dress code for the event is 'bare as you dare' and full or partial nudity is encouraged.
The annual event takes place in more than 70 cities across the world, and hopes to draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists on the road, while protesting against the dangers of the car-obsessed culture in cities.
The event took place in Manchester on Friday evening with cyclists in London taking part on Saturday afternoon. Tomorrow will be Brighton's turn.
Participants travelling across the world from have been invited to turn up with a bike and encouraged to paint their bodies with pro-cycling messages.
The routes see peddlers ride past famous landmarks including Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden in London and St Peter's Square and Town Hall in Manchester.
In Manchester one rider had the message 'fragile' painted on his back, another wore a giant inflatable globe and others painted themselves with black and yellow stripes to resemble bees, or with the worker bee symbol, to celebrate the city of Manchester and to pay tribute to those who died in the Manchester Arena bombing last month.
Becca Warren, from Stretford, proudly took part in the ride with her friend and housemate.
She said: 'I've done this event almost every year. This year we wanted to go with a Manchester bee theme to pay tribute and to celebrate Manchester. And bees are important to our existence.'
Joe Smith from Withington, who had his back painted with bee symbols, added: 'We want to pay tribute to this great city.'
Participants joyfully sounded their bicycle bells as supportive bystanders took photos and cheered them on.
Organisers of the World Naked Bike Ride have explained why cyclists get away with baring all, stating that nudity is not illegal in England, as was established in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. But using nudity to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal.
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2. Dancing cheek to cheek! Dance group performs world-first all-naked event... in front of a NUDE audience
Sydney Dance Company has performed an all naked event in front of a nude audience.
As part of the Sydney Festival, the world-first event saw the dance company perform choreography inspired by the Art Gallery of New South Wales' summer show Nude: Art from the Tate Collection.
With ticket sales selling slowly, extra 'nude-only' shows were added to the bill and seats sold out within a day.
The show, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, catered to nudists, or audience members brave enough to bare all. The only rules- no clothes and you had to be over 18.
'When I created this work I was not going to be shy about it,' Bonachela told The Guardian.
'Like, I am bending forward and this is my bumhole. This is how between my legs looks. I didn't choreograph like, "Let's hide this."'
At the 7.30pm shows on January 14, 23 and 24 the audience were naked.
'Clothed audience members will not be admitted. Bookings for this show are open for people aged 18+,' the AGNSW website reads.
The gallery described the event as a 'journey into an intimate world of art and dance.'
'Witness six dancers moving and breathing, their bodies and souls bared as they explore and respond to one of art's greatest subjects, the unclothed human body.
'Dancers respond to paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse and Louise Bourgeois.'
Speaking of his sold-out shows, Bonachela said they were a 'career highlight.'
'So who knows, I may bring more nudity to the stage. It may have another life,' he said.
3. Tokyo bathhouse opens 'naked school' for lecture series
For the event, the bathhouse invites its regulars and locals as lecturers to teach classes to visitors as they soak -- naked -- in the hot water of the pools. The idea for the event came from the fourth-generation owner of the bath Yuichi Tamura, 36, as an effort to preserve the culture of the public bathhouse, called "sento" in Japanese, for the next generation. He aims to make the event live up to its name and become a hot community program.
On May 27, class began before opening hours just past noon at Hinodeyu, only a short distance from Inaricho Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. The theme for the lesson was the Japanese board game Go. The instructor is the president of IGO Holdings Corp. Kenta Igeta, whose company holds Go workshops and other activities to promote the game. In the men's bath, both Igeta and the guests are enthusiastic about the "naked" lecture. A 30-year-old American participant, Arnold Donald, commented with a laugh, "Because we're all naked, it was a really open and comfortable atmosphere."
In the women's bath, the class on the basics of Go are taught by Igeta to clothed students enjoying the foot bath. The women commented that while the game is difficult, they are eager to learn more, and relaxed chatter filled the bath. "The classes have a nostalgic feeling to them," commented Mitsuko Tanaka, a 46-year-old certified care worker from Katsushika Ward. "When I was a child, adults in the bathhouse would scold me or teach me common sense. I think public bathhouses were originally that kind of educational space."
However, Tokyo's public bathhouses are facing a difficult situation. Almost every private house has a bath, and both the sento facilities and the people who operate them are aging, resulting in a dwindling number of locations. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's website, while there were 1,025 public baths at the end of 2005, there were only 602 sento facilities at the end of 2016.
Tamura took over the family business as the head of Hinodeyu after graduating from university. He heard a wide variety of stories from customers while at the facility's reception desk, such as guests who used to fish on tuna boats or make tatami mats. "I thought that if we could share these interesting stories with other customers, the bathhouse would become even more enjoyable," Tamura explained. Thus, the "naked school" was born.
"Being naked closes the distance between teacher and student and makes it easier to ask questions," Tamura said. He hopes that the school will become an impetus for people to think "let's go to the sento."
The "school" opened in March of this year. The plan is to continue to have a teacher make the rounds teaching classes in the men's and women's baths once a month outside of Hinodeyu's normal hours of operation. In the case of the teacher being of the opposite sex, the teacher and participants will hold class clothed at the foot bath.
So far, Hidenoyu has held lectures by the proprietor of a kitchen tool shop from the nearby Kappabashi wholesale district and by a performer of the traditional Japanese verbal comedy rakugo. Tuition for the classes is included in the price of using the bath -- only 460 yen, and class registration can be carried out on the school's Facebook page "Hadaka no Gakko" (in Japanese).
4. Nudists celebrate the Summer of Love in Castro
The permitted parade was organized by nude activist Gypsy Taub, one of the figures on the forefront of the opposition to San Francisco's nudity ban, which was enacted in 2012 by Supervisor Scott Weiner. Taub gave a speech to the small crowd, officially dedicating the festivities to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the "spiritual awakening of unprecedented proportions" it ushered into San Francisco.
"The Summer of Love began in the 60s but it never ended," reads a transcript of the speech on Taub's NSFW website, My Naked Truth.
Marchers joined at Jane Warner Plaza at 11 a.m. before winding their way through the Castro and Haight-Ashbury. Although touted as a parade, protest signs peppered the parade, many scribbled with phrases such as "Say no to body shame" and "Stop the SF nudity ban."
5. Calgary guys read feminist literature – naked
“I transitioned almost nine years ago, so the opportunity to take my shirt off is the ultimate goal, because I did put a lot of work into it, to get to a point where I was comfortable with my chest and my body,” he explained.
Demers is expecting the big reveal to be the scariest part, but after that, it’ll just be reading from a good book.
The book in question is Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist.
“Her writing is brilliant, she’s really open about her struggles with mental illness and what it means to be famous and being part of the fandom she sort of fell into,” he said.
The show takes place June 9 at the CommunityWise Resource Centre. For more information, look up Naked Girls Reading Calgary on Facebook.
6. Eat dinner off of naked people at this dungeon party in Bushwick
The summer edition of the party offers dinner from 7–9:30pm, at which you'll have to use your hands to try delicacies off of nude models. From 9:30pm–3am, the main event goes down, at which you'll witness some of the kinkiest stage acts you've ever seen, wander into designated cuddle puddles and private dungeons and get real close with the scantily-dressed cast of performers.
7. Lush Cosmetics "Get Naked" Day (U.S.)
The company has been asking its employees to show up in the buff one day a year for the past decade. The event is “completely voluntary" for employees to participate or not.
8. Aussies get naked in Sydney for an ocean dip as thousands take on annual nude swim for charity
The event saw 1,335 swimmers strip off at Cobbler's Beach today for the "spectator free" session in the water.
It is held at a secluded beach in the Sydney Harbour National Park.
World Champion surfer Layne Beachley and author and founder Nigel Marsh joined the record number of swimmers who came from all over the country to join in the fun for charity.
Although the ocean swim has a 300 or 900 metre course, it is not about racing or being naked, organisers say.
9. ‘Body Notes’ painting project at Times Square attracts more than 100 naked models
“Body Notes” — a free event created by artists Andy Golub and Matthew Chavez — features nude participants covered in body paint, which helps spread the artists’ message of acceptance and body positivity.
“Everyone feels that being naked is such a big thing but in reality that’s just who we are,” said Golub, 44. “When you experience this, it quickly becomes no big deal.”
Chavez, 28, from Gilroy, Calif., is also the street artist behind the sticky notes project in the 14th St. subway station tunnel last November.
“Body Notes” is a combined effort from the artists that precedes next month’s fourth annual New York City Bodypainting Day.
Men and women, young and old, painted each other in yellow, orange and blue paint on Friday. Then, artists painted written messages on their chests.
Brooklynite Amanda Cerami, a 20-year-old student from Williamsburg, wore the words “exist in this reality.”
“I never really ever felt this alive before,” said Cerami. “It is an adrenaline rush to be in front of all these people and not care what they think of me.”
Hundreds of people stopped to photograph nude models of all shapes and sizes. Nicole DuBow, a 44-year-old office administrator from Rockland County, said Golub’s events are for everybody.
“I am here to promote body positivity,” she said. “Everybody is perfect.”
Some people in the crowd planned to attend the event. Others were simply passing by.
Tasha Levell, of West Hempstead, L.I., was in shock — but not surprised at the army of naked bodies.
“This is what makes New York New York,” she said.