ATTENDING A BALL IN VIENNA
While the idea of a ball might be somewhat outdated in the UK, Austria, and Vienna, they represent a long-standing tradition. These events are enjoyed by revellers of all ages. Nowhere else in the world celebrates ballroom dancing like the Austrian capital. The figures alone are enough to put you in a spin: no less than 450 balls take place in the city every year. There are all sorts of balls to suit all tastes. The most famous and glamorous is undoubtedly the Vienna Opera Ball, the season’s highlight, in which the guests sip champagne and attempt to dance in triple time. It’s the ultimate social occasion, and even the President attends! There are also corporate balls, such as the one held by coffee house owners attended by more than 6,000 people at the Hofburg, Vienna’s imperial palace. Or the confectioner’s ball, known for its friendly atmosphere and tombola with 3,000 homemade cakes to be won. Most events occur in January and February, and formal dress is often a must. A clothing tradition lives on during these occasions, with extravagant evening gowns and sophisticated black suits. Musical traditions have evolved over time. The waltz remains a favourite but modern music has also found its place.