The Viennese ball season – which comprises a dizzying 450 balls each year – reaches a crescendo in January and February. There are plenty of ball events for the LGBT community to enjoy in the Austrian capital. A firm favourite the Rainbow Ball will take place for the 19th time this year in the opulent rooms and halls of the Parkhotel Schönbrunn. On January 30, 2016, ballgoers in formal attire will dance the waltz, samba and foxtrot into the early hours at this year’s event, inspired by the theme of “the never-ending story of love”. The Rainbow Ball is a high-profile charity benefit night. Revenue from the ball is donated to various events and organisations including the Rainbow Parade and HOSI (Homosexuelle Initiative Wien, www.hosiwien.at).
There is also plenty of dancing at the Rose Ball which will pack the Kursalon Wien ballroom on February 4, 2016. At this outlandishly glamorous event, the only element that remains completely true to the classic Viennese ball format is the fact that it opens with a traditional Polonaise. Attending this wild alternative disco event is something of a political statement, as it takes place on the same night as the Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera. Held in a vocational school on Längenfeldgasse, the Kreativball (Feb 5 and 6, 2016) has come on in leaps and bounds since its relatively modest beginnings. The dancing will go on into the early hours at this exuberant party, themed “Africa – Bar Crocodile on the Nile”. Dancers in fancy dress will receive a special gift and can vie for the title of best outfit.
- Rainbow ball, Jan 30, 2016, Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, 1130 Vienna, www.regenbogenball.at
- Rosenball, Feb 4, 2016, Kursalon Wien, Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Vienna, www.rosenball.eu
- Kreativball, Feb 5 and 6, 2016, Hans-Mandl-Berufsschule, Längenfeldgasse 13-15, 1120 Vienna, www.clubkreativ.at