LIFE BALL – “FIGHTING AIDS AND CELEBRATING LIFE SINCE" SINCE 1993
Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, was the first AIDS charity event worldwide to take place in a political building: The Vienna City Hall. Ever since it premiered in 1993, Life Ball has been raising funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, has been supporting organizations and projects in the most affected regions around the world and has contributed to remove the taboos of AIDS in our society. The charitable organization behind Life Ball, AIDS LIFE, which was established in 1992 by Gery Keszler and Torgom Petrosian, decides about the allocation of the proceeds. Beside national initiatives like the Austrian AIDS Helps, the majority of the funds raised goes to international partner organizations such as amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the MTV – Staying Alive Foundation or UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
The annual Life Ball is divided into two parts:
the Opening Ceremony on Vienna City Hall Square
the Life Ball Party inside the historic rooms of the City Hall.
The Opening forms the most visible, but also most emotional element of Life Ball with a flamboyant red-carpet entrance and an elaborate show consisting of music performances as well as touching speeches about current issues of the global AIDS community. Each year, thousands of visitors and about 500 national and international media representatives experience the Opening Ceremony live and for free. The Opening Ceremony traditionally ends with the Life Ball Fashion Show. About 30 of the most recognized fashion houses including, for example, Versace, Vivienne Westwood or Jean Paul Gaultier have created a specific Life Ball Fashion Show on the Red Ribbon Catwalk. After the Opening Show, the beautiful rooms of Vienna’s City Hall invite limited ticket holders to a charitable Life Ball Party, offering top-class shows and performances of national and international musicians and DJs on different floors until the early morning.
A vast number of volunteers in front and behind the scenes makes the Opening and Life Ball party possible, alongside international personalities like: Bill Clinton, Elton John, Sharon Stone, Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Scissor Sisters, Azealia Banks, Fergie, Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, Liza Minnelli, Holly Johnson, Naomi Campbell, Milla Jovovich or Brooke Shields – just to name a few – have shared their messages on the Life Ball stages.
For more information please see www.lifeball.org
THE LIVE STREAM IN COOPERATION WITH ETAS
The Life Ball live stream 2014 is realized with ETAS High Tech Hardware Systems GmbH, an expert for products and solutions in all fields of broadcasting, media technologies and AV-systems for more than 20 years. As a trading company ETAS GmbH is in charge of sales activities of several well-known brands. For TV-stations, Telecommunication operators and other different customers ETAS GmbH is planning and installing individual solutions. ETAS GmbH is also partner for service and support with a dedicated team with specialist know-how on transmission and storage systems.
Customers of ETAS GmbH range from the Austrian Broadcast Station ORF, ATV, Servus TV, the Austrian press agency, the Vienna State-Opera, the Newspaper Österreich, different Local-TV-Operators, Erste Bank and many more.
For detailed information visit: www.ETAS.at