The Life Ball is one of the biggest AIDS charity events in the world. The aim: to help affected people in an extraordinary way and to fight against the taboo status of HIV/AIDS in our society. Therefore, Life Ball is an exuberant festivity that year after year celebrates life and makes a loud and sounding statement in the fight against HIV and AIDS – resounding across the boundaries of Vienna and Austria.
The international attention is particularly necessary, since the Life Ball serves as the voice of HIV positive people or people suffering from AIDS. The threat through AIDS is still present in the whole world; the HI-virus is deadly. HIV and AIDS can affect everybody regardless of gender, age, social status or sexual orientation. This is the reason why it is of the utmost importance to continue fighting the virus.
Not allowing this serious background to be forgotten the serious background, among other things, thought-provoking moments during the opening ceremony at the city hall square and moving speeches of international AIDS activists make for the necessary awareness raising. The fundraising via the Life Ball and its actionism with the aim to raise donations for important aid projects, are significant and indispensable instruments in order to publicly discuss the topic AIDS and create awareness for it in population.
Numerous people are dedicated to the Life Ball and its goals and volunteer their time and commitment. Without these “Life Ball Angels” the impressive realization of the Life Ball would not be possible.
The city of Vienna with its generous support also greatly contributes to the Life Ball. The Vienna city hall as an event location particularly shows the cosmopolitanism, tolerance and social responsibility of Vienna. The Life Ball was the first AIDS charity event worldwide to take place in a political building.
Furthermore a high number of national and international commercial partners that contribute with both money and allowances in kind to the success of the ball, make the Life Ball and the work of the supporting organization AIDS LIFE possible.