17 December 2014

Energy for Life Christmas Ball at the Hofburg

Бал Energy for life в Хофбурге

Energy for life at the Hofburg palace


The Open World international children’s charity program included a special event on 16 December 2014 at the Vienna Hofburg Palace: the fifth annual Energy for Life Christmas Ball, attended by around a thousand underprivileged children aged six to 12. The ball took place under the patronage of Austrian Social Affairs Minister Rudolf Hundstorfer and Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl; it was organized by the Energy for Life charity foundation with the support of Gazprom Export and Austria’s OMV.

The ball’s organizers aimed to create an unforgettable festive Christmas atmosphere for children in need of a sense of security. A captivating Christmas show including ballet and theater, dance and athletic displays featuring acrobats and circus performers — all this awaited the little guests at one of Europe’s loveliest palaces.

The festivities also included children’s performance groups like the Moza Wiener Hoffballett Ballet School and the BigsMile Kids & Teens Dance Club, young athletes from Magic Acrobatics, and members of the Golos (Voice) vocal television project, popular in both Russia and Austria: Sarah Be, Nastya Titova, and Roman Mishukov.

A special highlight was a performance by Mamma Mia and Mary Poppins soloists Ana Milva Gomes and Annemieke van Dam.

And there were Christmas presents too, of course, prepared by Energy for Life and handed out to the children by the ball’s guests: community and political leaders, showbiz stars, and the guest of honor, world soccer great Franz Beckenbauer.

“It’s really nice to see the children so enchanted with the show, their eyes shining with delight as they all laugh and dance together. We really should support children with special life needs all year round — but especially at Christmas, we should give them even more attention, love, and care. I think the Energy for Life Christmas Ball is a wonderful event, and I heartily congratulate the Organizers on their fifth anniversary,” Franz Beckenbauer said.

As usual, the Vienna Hofburg festivities were webcast to young patients in the children’s ward of Europe’s largest clinical hospital in the city of Vienna, and a Christmas party was organized for them as well.

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