Dame Shirley Bassey, Paris Jackson and Charlize Theron are the first slate of honourees for this year’s Life Ball charity event which takes place at Vienna City Hall on June 2nd.
DSB will be appearing for amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, which is one of Life Ball’s longest-standing partners.
Her appearance is a special treat for Gery Keszler, Chairman and Life Ball organiser, who said “The icon and unique artist Dame Shirley Bassey welcoming to this special Life Ball is like a unique birthday present and a great honor for 25 years of fighting HIV and AIDS.”
A limited number of coveted tickets are available from Tuesday April 24th 2018 from WIEN ticket, the official ticket partner of the Life Ball. Tickets are limited to 3,780 places.
Additionally, Limited-edition tickets to an exclusive gala event and banquet (dinners with VIP guests before the start of the Ball) are only available through the Life Ball office.
Life Ball has become one of the world’s most important AIDS charity events. The seven-digit proceeds of this benefit event go to global aid projects, in collaboration with international partner organisations.
An unsurpassed number of international celebrities from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, and politics works tirelessly every year to raise awareness for this issue. The City of Vienna also contributes significantly providing the venue and showing the city’s cosmopolitanism, tolerance, and social responsibility.
The charity’s message is loud and clear: Together we can end AIDS!
This year’s milestone anniversary event will reflect on the past and look to the future, reviewing the charity’s significant achievements in the fight against HIV / AIDS over the last 25 years and evaluate Life Ball’s sociopolitical impact. The festivities will reaffirm a commitment to fighting for all of those living with HIV and those impacted by the virus both in Austria and around the globe.
The musical theme of the event is ‘An Homage to The Sound of Music’ – An exuberant and entertaining means of conveying its crucial message, Life Ball has established itself as a festival of life. It represents a multicultural, inclusive Austria that engages an increasingly international audience. Life Ball, like 1965’s Sound of Music, represents Austrian values and traditions yet still touches a broad international impact.
Therefore, deliberately referencing Austria, the touching story of the von Trapp family will be the anniversary’s leitmotif. The Sound of Music is considered one of the most successful musical films ever released. In the movie, Austria is seen through a joyful Hollywood lens. It touches millions around the world with its famous melodies, some of which have also been recorded by Dame Shirley herself!
Dame Shirley pictured below at an amFar gala event in New York, 2015.