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Life Ball Vienna: Opening 2015
Life Ball/© Harald Klemm

Life Ball Vienna 2017 – Native’s Guide And Ticket Info

The Most Extravagant Vienna Ball

Life Ball Vienna. ‘Us at the Life Ball – you remember?’ I asked my friend Elisabeth this question a while ago. Her eyebrows jumped upwards and her eyes got that spark of remembering something wildly forbidden. Here is what you can do to share our and everyone else’s memories of this most flamboyant of all Vienna Balls.

What Is The Life Ball Vienna?

Life Ball Vienna: Ver Sacrum theme 2015Life Ball Vienna. The Life Ball is like life tipped over the edge into free fall: Imagine thousands of fantasy and sci-fi characters, haute couture models, samba queens, burlesque dancers, glamorous transvestites and illustrious film stars displaying their feathers in an exuberant celebration of life in all its shapes and colours.

The charity event in support of Aids is one of the largest and most publicity-attracting worldwide. It is also the highlight of gay Vienna. Almost 4,000 guests flock to the neogothic Vienna City Hall along Ringstrasse boulevard every May for that intoxicating shot of joy without boundaries. Tickets are generally hard to get hold of.

Each ball is themed, for example ‘1001 Nights’ (2013), ‘Fight The Flames Of Ignorance’ (2012), and ‘Air’ (2011). Each January, the Life Ball organising committee announces the theme for the coming ball. If you align your costume to the respective theme, you can apply for a ‘style ticket’ and pay half.

Main Events

Life Celebration Concert

Life Ball Vienna: Red RibbonThe gala concert at Burgtheater just opposite Vienna City Hall unites international music, opera and show business celebrities. Proceeds of the new fundraising event, initiated in 2012, go to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which focuses on fighting AIDS worldwide.

Solidarity Gala

The Solidarity Gala at the Imperial Palace Vienna (Hofburg) is for V.I.P.sand includes heavy fundraising for Life Plus Projects. It is organised by Life Plus, and patronised by the president of Austria.

Opening Ceremony

The lavish opening ceremony in front of the city hall rolls out the red carpet for international celebrities, politicians, and AIDS doyens. It is free for the public, and usually attracts tens of thousands of spectators.

Life Ball Party

Life Ball Vienna 2015The real party takes place inside the historic halls and rooms of the otherwise dignified Vienna City Hall. It is exhilarating to wiggle your body limbs to pulsating party sounds where usually members of the local municipality would ponder over local politics, city projects and finances. The large Festive Hall, the Crest Hall, the Grey Salon and the Arcaded Courtyard are among the best locations and each boast their own wild settings and sounds.

Life Ball Tickets

Regular tickets for the Life Ball 2017 are EUR 160 and EUR 90 for Style Tickets. For international packages and further information visit Life Ball’s website.

Related Parties In Town

Volksgarten discotheque nearby stages the official Life Ball Party and After Hour Event, where Life Ball guests and those who weren’t lucky to get tickets, get together and shake off what’s left of the night. Gay Vienna will be there, and loads of other shades on this planet.

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