The Life Ball – A big event with a serious background
'Celebrating the joy of life and the diversity of cultures, Life Ball unites the Viennese ball tradition with opulence, extravagance, glamour, provocation, fancy performances, committed speeches as well as emotional moments' - this is how the Life Ball Organisation describes the ball.
Well, from a Viennese perspective the ball was looked at a bit strangely when it was organized first time in 1993. These days it was a bit of provocation, with an attempt to break taboos and organize a party for a good cause. Today however, it certainly is one of the global top AIDS charity events and also one of the top events in Vienna. From the very beginning the ball has pursued two goals – increase awareness for AIDS and raise money to support AIDS relief organizations.
Tickets are sold out of course, the last chances are small auctions on eBay starting 2nd May. If you just want to get a glimpse of the spectacle, be there when the opening ceremony is on at the square in front of the Vienna City Hall – it is free, and usually is broadcast on TV as well.
After superstars of recent years like Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone, Kim Cattrall, Eva Longoria und Whoopi Goldberg it will be Janet Jackson in 2011 to represent amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
So, follow the motto of this Year – Spread the wings of tolerance!