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20th Vienna Life Ball a fiery success!

By Kathryn Quinn

Saturday evening saw the whole of Vienna in Life Ball fever as over 40.000 people turned up to show their support and celebrate 20 years of Life Ball in the Austrian capital.

The annual event – this year celebrating the theme ‘Fighting the Flames of Ignorance’ attracted many famous celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Bill Clinton, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich and Sean Penn amongst others who came out to show their support for the fight against HIV and Aids.

It wasn’t just the celebrities who were the stars of the show, life ball guests dazzled in elaborate, vibrant and extremely creative costumes whilst they partied well into the early hours inside Vienna’s City Hall.

Almost 40.000 people outside Vienna’s city hall were treated to an extravagant fashion show organized by Vogue Italia which showcased the highlights of the past twenty years of Life Ball fashion and featured some of the biggest names in the fashion industry such as Vivienne Westwood and Roberto Cavalli.

After the live show the party moved inside where celebrities and guests alike partied in aid of Aids charities around the world.

Guests were able to enjoy performances by Baptiste Giabiconi, The Scissor Sisters and Jon Secada.

The beautiful City Hal was turned into a sea of red as guests swarmed the event in a mixture of vibrant costumes, body paint and classic ball gowns.

Ex US Presidents Bill Clinton summed up the event when he said: "Vienna, you should be very proud of the 20 years of Life Ball. And the rest of the world can be proud of you too."

Model Milla Jovovich who was at the event to represent Aids research foundation amfAR tweeted: "It’s incredible at the Life Ball. I had the privilege of meeting our former pres. Clinton! He is doing so much 2 help fund medicines 2 reach children in the 3rd world countries working with an incredible woman names Catherine Tucker who has an orphanage in Cambodia. They save lives every single day. What an honour to meet the real heroes."

In 2011 the event made 1.9 million Euros for charity.

On the eve of the Life Ball the Wiener Burgtheater hosted an exclusive gala concert featuring international opera stars, legendary singers, dozens of the Burgtheater as well as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The profits will go to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and ex President Bill Clinton will attend the concert to represent his organisation.

As well as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée and accompanied on the piano by Malcolm Martineau, classical artists Patricia Petibon, Bernarda Fink, Michael Schade and Florian Boesch, as well as soul and jazz legends Randy Crawford and Al Jarreau performed for the cause.

Vienna Times

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