About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide
About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide
About Vienna - Your City Travel Guide

Festivals & Balls

Red Ribbon Lifeball

Lifeball (May)

Vienna's lifeball is a surprising success story. It was started in 1993 in Vienna as an AIDS charity event and quickly became the biggest, most color- and successful event of its sort throughout Europe.

The ball's aim is rather obvious: fund raising to support various AIDS related activities from preventation to counselling and direct aid to HIV positive people. But lifeball is more than mere fund raising. It is a statement for life in all its aspects. It is one hell of a party.

Dramatic fashion shows with drag queens on top of the catwalk are usually a vital part of the program. So are guest appearances by stars like Elton John, Marla Glen or celebs like Arabella Kiesbauer or Nena. Like Regenbogenparade (rainbowparade) the lifeball has become a symbol of an open and tolerant society. It takes place in Vienna's city hall.

Famous fashion designers Vivian Westwood and Christian Lacroix have exclusively designed to Barbie dolls for the Viennese lifeball.

Vienna City Hall; 1010 Vienna