Life Ball to raise awareness on overcoming stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV
03 May 2011
In the lead up to the 2011 Life Ball, UNAIDS participated in a kick off press conference in Vienna. This year’s Life Ball them is focused on the element of “Air”, following the quadrennial cycle of the four elements started in 2008.
The event will be held at Vienna’s landmark City Hall and more than 40 000 people are expected to attend. Focusing on Eastern Europe, the Life Ball hopes to raise awareness on such issues as overcoming stigma and discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV.
Mariangela Bavicchi-Lerner, Chief Resource Mobilization, participated on behalf of the UNAIDS alongside Gery Keszler, CEO of the Life Ball and Chairman of AIDS LIFE—the organization that produces the event. Fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten, of DSquared2 were also in attendance. The 2011 AIDS Solidarity Gala and Life Ball will take place on 21 May 2011.