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Life Ball 2015 | GoLD


On May 16


, 2015, the Life Ball

will be held for

the 23


time. Celebrated in the spirit of the ancient

rite of spring, Ver Sacrum, the event will proclaim a

message of new beginnings and breaking with tra-

dition and convention. The Life Ball weekend spot-

lights those who confront the challenges every day

of the still fatal effects of HIV/AIDS. By generating

substantial donations, the Life Ball supports impor-

tant work in national and international HIV/AIDS

projects. In the name of all of the people who work

so tirelessly for those organizations I would like to

thank you for the dedication you show by attending

the Life Ball.

This Style Bible is intended to guide and inspire you

as you design your costume. Ver Sacrum was an im-

portant inspiration for artists of all genres working

in Vienna around the turn of the nineteenth centu-

ry, influencing Gustav Klimt’s golden paintings as

well as Igor Stravinsky’s

Sacre du Printemps

. The

principles of the avant-garde—experimentation

and innovation, individualism and self-determina-

tion—are a wonderful metaphor for the Life Ball and

its aims. The Life Ball 2015 marks the return of the

characters and personages created and enacted by

the Vienna Secessionists who, united in the struggle

for change, renewal, and progress, join in an exuber-

ant celebration of life.

I look forward to joining with you in transforming

Vienna’s city hall into a shining golden symbol of ac-

ceptance in a multifaceted culture of diversity.

For the entire Life Ball team,

Yours sincerely,

Gery Keszler

CEO Life Ball / Chairman AIDS LIFE

Your purchase of a Life Ball ticket supports national

and international aid projects.

Donations in 2014 amounted to*:

International Partners and Projects Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) eur 750,000 The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) eur 170,000 Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) eur 125,000 Girl Effect: Shanti Uganda eur 10,000 Operation Bobbi Bear eur 50,000 MTV Staying Alive Foundation eur 44,373 Crystal of Hope: SWAP Kenya eur 100,000 RickyMartinFounda- tion eur 5,980.50 Yabonga eur 60,000 Partners and Projects in Austria AIDS Help Vienna eur 212,600 AIDS-Help Styria eur 51,300 Aidshelp Upper Austria eur 26,668.15 AIDS-Help Vorarlberg eur 32,700 Aidshelp Salzburg eur 30,097.96 AIDS-Help Tyrol eur 21,866.67 AidsHelp Carinthia eur 20,000 HIVmobil eur 100,000 Buddy Verein eur 28,008 Positiver Dialog eur 27,000 Innsbrucker Univ. Klinik eur 4,000