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.
Life Ball guests have always been encourage to wear fancy, unusual outfits as the creativity of the costumes is part of the concept and contributes to the unique flair of the event. The annual Life Ball Style Bible is an inspiration for ball guests to feature their own Life Ball aqudate look according to the motto.
The Life Ball can be divided into two major events:
— Magenta Carpet, opening and Fashion Show on the Red Ribbon Catwalk at the City Hall Square
— the actual Ball as well as the Party inside the City Hall
Each year, the opening ceremony attracts more thousands of visitors as well as 500 national and international media representatives to Vienna´s City Hall Square, where everybody can experience the big show on the Red Ribbon stage live and for free.
Following the 2-hour-opening show on City Hall Square, the jamboree starts inside the city hall for 3,780 holders of Life Ball tickets. Many halls and yards of this historical building open up for guests, indulging them with an iridescent show comprising live concerts of national and international stars, exciting performances and culinary surprises until 5 o’clock in the morning.
Life Ball tickets are a highly coveted good: In 2012 about 95.000 requests from all over the world arrived until the keydate of ticket sales, while only 3,780 tickets are available for the exclusive event inside the city hall.
Life Ball 2013 is dedicated to “1001 Nights”
“Saving lives with imagination” is the link between Life Ball 2013 and its entertaining yet sensual source of inspiration: “1001 Nights”.
Everyone knows her, courageous Scheherezade, bravely fighting for her life during 1001 nights. Her adventurous and fairy-tale like stories attract the king’s curiosity night after night, and her inexhaustible fantasy eventually saves her life. Opulently designed, guests of Life Ball 2013 on 25 May 2013 will be immersed into a world of poetry and fairy tales, mythical creatures and djinns, desirous poems and wise allegories – using fantasy to help people infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS.
Using an old Arabic saying, Life Ball 2013 follows the motto: “It takes the night to see the stars”– for a future without HIV and AIDS. This vision, which can become true, was the common tenor at the World AIDS Conference 2012 in Washington D.C., where representatives of different international AIDS aid organizations agreed: “Together we can end AIDS”.