„The countdown is running. After 23 years of hosting the Life Ball, I am more convinced than ever: Together we can end aids!"
The message is strong and concicse: the inspiration comes from the 1920s and 1930s, in which important artists such as the German painter Otto Dix portrayed self-critically.
"Recognize the danger – and that in every area, whether in health or within society. Let us open our eyes and look in the face of danger – this is the only way to act in time – for our society, for our health, for our future!", says Gery Keszler. "I am convinced the new Life Bible will polarize massively. The actuality of the Life Bible is almost alarming. "
Gery Keszler was inspired during the final rehearsal for the Life Ball as a demonstration passed by the city hall, in the grey drizzle, while the Life Ball debutants – dressed as colorful flamingos – rehearsed their opening. The contrast between the colorful Life Ball friends and the grey, dark demonstrators inspired Gery Keszler to this composition of the subjects.
Life Ball 2017: KNOW YOUR STATUS!
In 2017, everything will be centered around the motto "Know Your Status". The message is loud and clear: Only those regularly checking and knowing their immune status can get treatment in time and will not unknowingly infect others. The current statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS illustrate why it is more important than ever to "know your status": 36.7 million people in the world are HIV-positive and suffer from AIDS, but according to estimations, around half of them know their immune status. There must be an end to this negative development – NOW!
The "Know Your Status" campaign is launching December 1, 2016 – on World AIDS Day. But before the year-long campaign runs out on December 1, 2017, it is going to culminate in the opening ceremony of the Life Ball 2017. "Know Your Status" will play a thematic role in the entire production of the Life Ball. Numerous national and international celebrities will join the movement and lead by example. Because, when it comes to educating young people, we still have a long way to go! Society, media and politic bear a great responsibilty. There is still an alarming ignorance among adolescents towards HIV mainly because an infection has stopped posing an immediate threat to one's health.
The next Life Ball will be taking place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Vienna's City Hall for the 24th time.