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.
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:
Information for visitors of the City Hall Square
3.00 pm City Hall Square opens
7.30 pm Red Carept
9.30 pm Opening Ceremony City Hall Square
12.00 pm Start Life Ball inside City Hall
The gastronomy offer at the City Hall Square opens at 3 pm, offering drinks and snacks to everyone who comes hours before the opening show to secure a good place, or who wants to walk around the area a little. The volunteer gastro teams include: *any act, Puff die Bar, SNEAK In, Juice Factory, Red Carpet, L´OR, Stillbruch and Kisss.
From here, it is possible to watch the procession down the Red Carpet in a relaxed atmosphere. Those who do not arrive at the City Hall Square early enough can also watch the show, as well as the procession down the red carpet, on video walls.
In order to meet current security demands, security inspections will apply to all guests of this year‘s Life Ball. Afterward the tickets are checked, guests will receive their access bracelets and need to go through a brief security check (body check, bag inspection). As in other large events, bottles or other objects that may endanger other ball visitors are not permitted in the festival area.
Roadblocks and diversions
From 4pm the Ringstraße will be closed between Parliament and Schottentor, from 6pm the roadblock will be extended to Operngasse. In addition, further road barriers can be expected around the City Hall, Burgtheater and parliament from 6pm onwards. The roads will be free again at about 1.30am. Therefor it is advisable for the audience and ball guests to use public transport, although it is also partially diverted. From approx. 4 pm, the lines 1, 2, 71 and D are briefly routed or diverted until the end of operation. The Vienna Ring Tram is discontinued.
Access to the City Hall and City Hall Square
The access gates for persons wishing to follow the Opening Ceremony at the City Hall Square without a ticket are located on the Ringstraße to the right and left side of the City Hall Square and are manned from 3 pm onwards. Costumed visitors and holders of the Festsaal Lounge Tickets may enter the Red Carept via the entrances on the side of the Burgtheater. Gala and gallery guests enter the City Hall via the entrance in Lichtenfelsgasse and are guided to the VIP grandstand for the opening. Guests with regular or donation tickets use the entrances to the left and right side of the stage.
Style Contest SAP Voting APP
In the scope of the ball, Suzuki presents awards for the best and most extraordinary outfits among the guests in the style contest. A dedicated zone at the Red Carpet is used to select the 100 nominees for the Style Contest. The prominent jury chooses the Life Ball Queen/King. Not only the official jury can choose its favourite costumes, the guests of the Life Ball can also download the SAP Voting APP to elect their Life Ball King/Queen: https://sap-experience.live Photographers will take pictures of the best dressed guests on the Red Carpet and people can vote for their favourite costume. The costume contest award is presented after midnight in the mirror tent in the Arkadenhof. The winner receives a Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dual
Mobile Test Station
The ultimate goal of Life Ball is to end AIDS. To reach this goal it is important to know your status. The mobile test station of LIFE+, the Aids Hilfe Vienna and AbbVie will come to the Life Ball 2019. In addition to the free HIV tests, they also offer free hepatitis C tests by AbbVie this year.
Opening hours of the mobile test station on June 07th and 08th 2019 at the City Hall Square: each day from 5 to 10 pm, accessible from the City Hall Square.
Opening hours of the mobile test station in the City Hall on June 08th 2019: from 10 pm to 2 am
Late Night Tickets
For last-minute guests there will be Late Night Tickets this year. These tickets can be purchased at the town hall entrance in Lichtenfelsgasse from 01 am onwards, 50€ per ticket. Intake by room capacity.
Review: Life Ball 2018
As usual, international stars and great personalities will be on stage in 2019. Representatives of the partner organizations will be Katie Holmes (amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research) and Nico Tortorella (Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS). This year’s Style Jury will also be starring Lindsay Lohan, Dirk Heidemann, Julian FM Stoeckel, Ralph Morgenstern, Ricardo Simonetti and Susanne Bartsch. Of course the protagonists of this year’s Style Bilbe will be on the ball: Amanda Lepore, August Getty, Carmen Carrera, Court Pineiro, Dita Von Teese, Gilles Marini, Jan Sport, Jenny Shimizu, Jessie Paege, Kelly Osbourne, Lili Paul, Michelle Harper, Nyle DiMarco, Scarlet Envy, Taryn Manning, Tatiana Patitz, Yasmine Petty, Yuhuha Hamasaki. Francois Sagat, testimonial of the current U = U campaign, will also be in Vienna. In addition, guests can look forward to the life acts of the following stars: Alan Cumming, Alaska Thunderfuck. Aura Dione, Dana International, Deborah Cox, Keala Settle, Lea DeLaria, Lorna Air, Piotr Beczala and Ronan Park. More to follow …
Photos: (c) Tom Monroe/Broadway Cares/Dita Von Teese
Life Ball Party at Volksgarten
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.
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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