The 26th Life Ball will take place on Saturday, 8 June 2019 and its theme is:

“United in Diversity.
Walking on the yellow brick road towards an end to AIDS.”

This year’s Life Ball embarks on a journey over the rainbow and lands with a roving circus troupe in a fantastic world of colors. Along the way, more and more bizarre characters come together, all “freaks” in some way, each in search of a home, heart, mind and courage. The common path manifests itself as the goal and in truth as never ending since these qualities can only be found within ourselves and must be developed together.

On the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of Stonewall, Life Ball will be held during EuroPride.

Tickets are available via oeticket!

Gala- , Gallery- and Festsaal Lounge tickets can be booked now via the Life Ball Office.

On the picture from left to right:
Michelle Harper, Jenny Shimizu Michael Turchin (photo credit Marco Ovando), Beth Ditto (photo credit Isa Foltin/Getty Images), Lea DeLaria, Lance Bass, Billy Porter, Nyle DiMarco, Cynthia Nixon, Alan Cumming, Loiza Lamers, Amanda Lepore, Yuhua Hamasaki, Alaska Thunderfuck, Kelly Osbourne, Tatjana Patitz, Dita Von Teese (photo credit Marco Ovando)

Together we are a rainbow

Outsiders only remain “freaks” and homeless in a society for as long as they hide in their niches. This is why the 26th Life Ball embarks on a journey over the rainbow. When 50 years ago, at the Stonewall Inn, homosexuals and lesbians first rebelled violently against police harassment, the path to visibility was chosen, and the rainbow flag became its striking symbol. A rainbow not only exhibits beauty that comes from the interplay of diversity, it is also a delicate creation, a bridge between heaven and earth, a gateway to a world of dreams and imagination, as in Judy Garland’s song “Over the Rainbow”, which has always been a fixture of the gay subculture.

We have come a long way, but there is still a way to go

This year’s Life Ball builds a thematic bridge to the subsequent EuroPride and reflects that which is different in the mirror of the ordinary. Just as a rainbow is sunlight shining through rain, society also needs both sides. But who determines what a “freak” is? And who can change these categories? Is not someone who glorifies violence a freak? Or simply someone who looks unusual?

The starting point of our journey is a wandering circus troupe, which will pitch its tent in front of the town hall. A colorful family, border crossers on the margins of society, answering the call of the different, the magical and the risky. A whirlwind picks up, and the circus performance takes an unusual course. When finally a good fairy appears and points the way over a yellow road, a journey begins through the world of colors. Along the way, more and more people join in, but the emerald town hall is not the endpoint: the path, the yellow road, leads far out into the whole, wide world.

If you want to get creatively inspired by this years Life Ball motto you can look through the Style Bible here:

STYLE BIBLE 2019

Review: Life Ball 2018

The Opening Ceremony at City Hall square and Life Ball have been a colorful kaleidoscope of emotional highlights that comprised of a musical and dramaturgical theme of this year’s “An Homage to The Sound of Music”.

The international guests last year included Adrien Brody, Paris Jackson, Charlize Theron, Caitlyn Jenner, Kelly Osbourne, Brad Goreski, Rufus Wainwright, Patti LaBelle, Gus Kenworthy, Kim Petras, Betty Who, Alcazar, Ian Bohen, JR Borne, Michiel Huisman, Gilles Marini, Katee Sackhoff, Cindy Bruna, Carmen Carrera, Alain Fabien Delon, Nats Getty, Gigi Gorgeous, Jonas Kaufmann, Dominic Muhrer & Joshua Ledet, Yasmine Petty, Victoria Swarovski and Debra Shaw. The Show was presented by Conchita and Herbert Föttinger.

The children of the Life Ball family 2018 –Vera Doppler, Markus Freistätter, Zoe Straub, Nathan Trent, Verena Altenberger, Rose Alaba und Missy May– were also playing significant roles.

Life Ball Party at Volksgarten

 

Party:

Everybody who did not have the chance to catch a ticket for the Life Ball could join the party at Volksgarten right after the Opening Ceremony on Rathausplatz.

After Hour:

The Life Ball After Hour at Volkgarten will be the ideal party for all night owls who still have enough energy to party after sunrise.

The Life Ball Party at Volksgarten has been part of Life Ball nights for many years and continued indulge music fans with an extraordinary DJ-Line-Up this year.

Tickets are available via OETICKET.

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