“Fortitudine” – What an evening!

Over 3,400 visitors from more than 25 nations gave the 85th ball of the officers in the festively decorated Hofburg in Vienna the honor. Different uniforms, colorful balloons and magnificent flower decorations made the 23 ballrooms shine in the year of the 300th birthday of emperors Maria Theresia.
In addition, the opening: music in motion in the form of a military tattoo, an almost acrobatic solo of a percussion group – both presented by the Gardemusik – as well as the song: “You shall be the emperor of my soul”, sung by Miss Ildikó Raimondi, took all visitors in wonderful ball mood.

With the opening ceremony “Hoch Österreich” and the opening roll “My life-run is love and pleasure” of the internationally composed young ladies and gentlemen’s committee, the starting shot took place in a lively ball night.

At midnight Her Majesty, Empress Maria Theresia, represented by Verena Scheitz, went to the Festaal, and was amazed at how music and dance were changing within 300 years: From the minuet, the development of the dance through the ballet group “Dance for Dance” over varied folks, presented by Else Schmidt and the working community of the Viennese dancers, as well as the world champion pair in Latin American standard dances “Triebe-Mader” the bow was strained in today curious. The highlight was the Tritsch Tratsch Polka and the Donauwalzer, again choreographed and danced by Dance for Dance.
Presenter Alfons Haider accompanied her majesty and the guests through the time journey. The obligate audience squad rounded off this midnight contribution.

So you were visitors of the ball, we hope you could enjoy a wonderful ball night with lots of dance and one or the other exchange with friends, friends, comrades from home and abroad.

Photos and videos of this year’s ball can be found online at the Gelary, on  www.facebook.com/The-Officers-Ball-Vienna and on our Flickr-page.

To be able to give you an unforgettable ball next year, we would be happy to receive your feedback on this year’s ball by e-mail info@ballderoffiziere.at.

After the motto “after the ball is in front of the ball”, the ball committee already starts with the preparations for Officers Ball 2018, which will take place on 19 January 2018 – we will keep you informed by newsletter.

Interested parties in lodges in the festive or ceremonial hall, please send a mail to info@ballderoffiziere by 15 May 2017 at the latest.