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Vienna, A Delightfully Queer Capital... With Extraordinary Balls

by our Editors in Travel and weekendtrips , 22 december 2012


Not too many European cities have such a rich gay history as the Austrian capital. Gay emperors, generals or composers of days gone by and all the gays and lesbians of today convert Vienna into a unique travel destination.

Vienna truly is the world capital of music, and it is host to some of the most exquisite museums in the world. And yes, the city is also known for its distinct coffee culture and imperial nostalgia.

In addition to all this, Vienna also has, in fact, a sizeable gay and lesbian scene: from queer café to cocktail bar, from lesbian restaurant to leather place, from bathhouse to dance club, it is all there.

But even beyond the obvious gay and lesbian places, Vienna is queerer than meets the eye. For centuries homosexuals have left their distinctive marks in Austrian arts and politics, sometimes subtle, yet noticeable. And many a visitor today is suddenly confronted with the whole truth about the personality of that special historic figure: “Yes, he was too!”

So don’t be surprised to find that — apart from the gay and lesbian scene — Vienna holds a colorful range of cultural and culinary pleasures, of delightful shops and curious delights.

Whether queer or queerer: Vienna - Now or Never!


Vienna’s Queer Ball Season

Gay and lesbian Vienna knows how to party. The fun is not confined to the numerous clubs in the capital, there are also plenty of formal events with dress codes to match. In January or February each year HOSI Vienna organizes the Rainbow Ball. Even though ball gowns and tuxedos are mandatory, the atmosphere is always relaxed. After a temporary switch to the Hofburg the Regenbogenball has now returned to its regular venue, the Parkhotel Schönbrunn where revelers can waltz the night away until the early hours.  


The Rainbow Ball has established itself permanently on the ball calendar as a classic Viennese ball for gays and lesbians, and will be held for the sixteenth time in 2013 - once again in the Parkhotel Schönbrunn. The motto is “Falling in Love Again.” The ball opens in the classical style with the Polonaise, dances include the waltz, foxtrot and samba, and Erasure singer Andy Bell heats up the party crowd at midnight. Further show acts ensure an entertaining night at the ball.

The Rosenball is the only event that remains true to the classic Viennese ball format, opening with a traditional Polonaise. However, this ball at the Palais Auersperg provides an upbeat disco alternative to the Opera Ball, which takes place on the same night at the State Opera House. Hostess Miss Candy has made the ball a Viennese institution. Each year, prominent opera ball guests mingle with the party crowd at the Rosenball late in the evening.
   Vienna is changing more quickly than virtually any other city in the world. Make sure you don’t miss out. Visit Vienna – Now or Never!


The Rosenball, A Glamorous Satire Of A Viennese Tradition

The twenty-second Rosenball takes place on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Just as since time immemorial, at the same time as the “mother” of all balls, the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera. However, without any idea of competition. For that the Rosenball is younger, more emotional and more original has long been known not only by regular visitors and adept media representatives, but also many marketing experts...


A Viennese institution

The Rosenball is a charming satire of Austrian ball culture – playful, coquettish and glamorously staged. Therefore it also does not forego popular tradition, such as the opening polonaise or the obligatory Blue Danube Waltz following “Alles Walzer” announced by Miss Candy, the Ballroom Queen.

The Rosenball, which finds its place somewhere between historic ballroom glamour and state-of-the-art club events, is a Viennese institution, which swims with the tides without losing its character. Thus, year after year, the ball, which completely sells out, effortlessly succeeds in bringing the most diverse worlds together, and exceeding all boundaries with its unique audience mix.

It is certainly not easy to top this event every year. “The greatest incitement is the public – if the guests are happy, then I am as well – and if you look at the many happy faces, the stimulus is sufficient to make it even better the next year,” relates Miss Candy.

“The lovely thing about the Rosenball is that, after it has been celebrated for over twenty-two years, it is in fact mature, but by no means running out of steam. I even have the impression that it is only just beginning to take off,” says Miss Candy. And she gives all the reasons for that: “Instead of appealing to the masses - the Rosenball could long ago have moved to a larger location – we wish to gain points with quality. Our most important goal is, of course, to entertain the guests perfectly, offer them an unforgettable experience. If you have achieved that, and after that you succeed in conveying a message – then, for us, that is not the moment to lean back in a relaxed way, but the opportunity to really become truly creative.”


Twenty-Two Years of Rosenball

The Rosenball was instituted in 1991 in the legendary Vienna U4 by HEAVEN Vienna – the longest-running Austrian House Club for the gay scene. Since soon afterwards it became cool to be gay, the event aroused increasing interest – on the part of both the public and the media.

In 2007 the erstwhile underground event found its new home in the elegant Auersperg Palace, with which the “Rosenball” brand finally outgrew its infancy – now taking place for the twenty-second time, the event has become mature, but certainly not old!

The main character of the Rosenball is Miss Candy, everybody’s darling among the in-crowd, Ballroom Queen and to this day head of HEAVEN Vienna. She functions as promoter, host, show act and PR motor of the event. Her creativity has its source in the unique invitation with cult status lavishly produced each year, the variegated mix of entertainment with the best national and international music acts and DJs and the harmonious setting in the Auersperg Palace, which again and again makes the Rosenball evenings unforgettable.


Pure Zest For Living Is the Most Important Success Factor of the Rosenball

Before Ballroom Queen Miss Candy calls “Alles Walzer,” she has for a long time no longer only been welcoming the local gay scene. The Rosenball public has, in over two decades, matured into a unique mix. Nowhere else does the bank manager take to the floor with the dustbin man, alongside lighter girls and heavier lads, telegenic celebrities and off-key party folk. You meet eighteen-year-olds and eighty-year-olds, although the focus is on people aged between twenty-five and fifty.

This mixture, and the related pure zest for living is the most important success factor of the Rosenball.

The Rosenball has, since time immemorial, been the pulse of time, the mirror of society and in constant motion. In spite of all the changes, the erstwhile underground ball has remained true to its intentions, and has, in its twenty-two years, never quite grown up.

Thus, the Rosenball has remained the darling of the scene, the focal point for music lovers and the entire creative elite. From the photographer to the head of the agency right up to the big boss in the swallow-tailed coat, who after the obligatory visit to the opera shows up at the Auersperg Palace to relax – they all come to see what is going on and to be seen.

Through the often extreme celebrity density, the most off-key ball of the Viennese ball calendar naturally soon becomes the darling of the scene.

For more info, surf to
www.vienna.info/gay
www.facebook.com/gayfriendlyvienna

Rainbow Ball

February 2, 2013
Whoever said that Viennese Waltzes are only for straight people? The Rainbow Ball successfully conquered this heterosexual domain. Formal evening attire is strictly enforced at this gay and lesbian ballroom event. The ball is held in Parkhotel Schönbrunn. All waltzes and lots of fun!
www.regenbogenball.at

Rosenball

February 7, 2013
Experience the fabulous event at the beautiful Palais Auersperg. The Rosenball is a distinguished counterpart of the Viennese Opernball with an unique mixture of the audience. After the formal opening ceremony the crowd is getting wild to house and disco music. Dresscode: Glamourous costumes or evening dress.
www.rosenball.eu

 
Visit the Rosenball!
Departure: 6 February 2013, Return: 9 February 2013.

• Retour flights to Vienna with Austrian Airlines.
• All airport taxes and charges
• 3 nights in down-town Vienna with breakfast
• Tickets to the Rosenball 2013.
• Private return transfers from airport to hotel
• SGR-guarantee.

Hotels to choose from in Vienna:
01 Parkhotel Schonbrunn € 349,-p.p.
02 Stefanie € 409,- p.p.
03 Hilton Vienna € 429,- p.p.
04 Roomz Hotel Vienna € 369,- p.p.
05 The Levante Parliament Hotel € 439,- p.p.
06 Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom € 509,- p.p.
Rates based upon 2 persons/ room


www.ticketexperts.nl


     





Photo credits:
Pictures of Rosenball Copyright @Markus Morianz



 







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