Life Ball 2009VIENNA, Mar 26, 2010 / — On the occasion of the XVIII International AIDS Conference that is beginning one day after the big event in Vienna, this year’s Life Ball will be very special.

On the 17th of July Europe’s biggest AIDS charity event not only takes place in the Vienna City Hall and on City Hall Square, but also at the Burgtheater (the former imperial court theatre) and the Parliament.

The “concept of the three houses” unites three extraordinary events and important organizations; the amfAR gala in the Parliament, the Elton John AIDS Foundation at the Red Ribbon Cotillion in the Burgtheater, and the William J. Clinton Foundation at the traditional Life Ball in the Vienna City Hall.

With the support of many different personalities these three events together set a clear signal for tolerance and solidarity.

AIDS 2010 – Rights Here, Right Now

Like the Life Ball, the International AIDS Conference is taking place for the 18th time.

From the 18th to the 23rd of July the conference deals with current developments concerning the issue of HIV and AIDS. It is the most significant international meeting in this field and this year’s focus lies on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The conference is a platform for discussion and the presentation of scientific, social, and political developments in the field of HIV / AIDS.

lifeball_logo_20100On the occasion of AIDS 2010, organized by the International AIDS Society (IAS), about 25,000 scientists and non-scientists as well as 2,500 media representatives are expected in Vienna. Thus AIDS 2010 provides a platform for the mutual exchange of experiences and know-how in the field of HIV / AIDS prevention, treatment and care.

Due to this internationally renowned event this year’s Life Ball won’t take place in May as usual, but on the 17th of July as the prelude to AIDS 2010. Due to th e enhanced attention that the topic of HIV / AIDS will gain through the conference, even more donations for projects in the fight against HIV and AIDS should be generated.

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