20 years of Life Ball
Celebrating the joy of life and the diversity of cultures, Life Ball since 1993 unites the Viennese ball tradition with opulence, extravagance, glamour, provocation, fancy performances, committed speeches as well as emotional moments.
The heart of the idea is hope – for a better future for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
Life Ball 2012
On 19 May 2012, the Life Ball was staged for the 20th running. It was to send a striking, sparkling and boisterous signal of hope in the fight against AIDS, which the AIDS LIFE Association has been committed to over the past two decades.
According to its motto “Fight the Flames of Ignorance” the anniversary ball dedicated to the element of fire formed the proper peak in a 4-year element cycle started in 2009 with sparkling outfits and performances.
Michel Sidibé – Executive Director UNAIDS
Through AIDS Life and the Life Ball, a social movement has been created to stop stigma and discrimination and to celebrate life. Young people are central to this movement. They are the new generation which will bring new energy and deliver on social justice and equity. They can end stigma and discrimination. They can stop new HIV infections. They can secure the future of AIDS.
We look forward to continuing our close partnership with Life Ball and to “Fighting the Flames of Ignorance” together.
Bill Clinton – Chair of the Clinton Health Access Initiative
When I give my own personal money, I look at what percentage of the dollars actually go to save lives or to achieve a certain objective. And I look at how effective they are. This organization was the first organization in Europe, beginning in 1992, that was seriously, systematically, from the beginning committed to combating the AIDS epidemic and saving people’s lives. And every year they are getting better at it, every year they know more. And it’s just like anything else in life you do: the more you do it, the better you get at it. I’m honored to be associated with them and really grateful that they support us.