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Culture at the International AIDS Conference – Vienna

Culture at the International AIDS Conference - Vienna

Vienna presents a diverse cultural supporting program for the International AIDS Conference in July.

From 18 to 23 July, the world’s most important conference on AIDS and HIV will be held in Vienna. 25,000 participants and 2,500 media representatives from more than 100 countries are expected to attend. Vienna will also present itself as a cosmopolitan and tolerant city through numerous campaigns.

The cultural supporting program has around 40 contributions ranging from the plastic arts to film, dance, music, design and architecture, and also focuses on children and young people. The conference gets underway with the Life Ball on 17 July. A party in the name of tolerance and solidarity will be celebrated at the AIDS charity event.

On 20 July, people will demonstrate for an end to stigmatization and for more social protection of ill people at a major human rights rally. The popular singer and AIDS activist Annie Lennox will perform live at the rally.

The film festival at City Hall, the Votiv Cinema and the “Cinema on the Roof” of the central library have a focus on film.

One musical highlight is a performance by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna (RSO), which invites people to the Odeon for a benefit evening with ImPulsTanz on 24 July. The “Hommage à Klaus Nomi” presents an interpretation of songs by countertenor and song composer Nomi, who died in 1983 – one of the first prominent victims of AIDS.

Vienna wears the Red Ribbon
A spectacular art campaign takes place in the shape of Kiss@Belvedere: A giant “living Red Ribbon symbol” will form in the garden of the Belvedere on 21 July at 6.00 pm – made up of kissing people.

At the initiative of WienTourismus, workers in hotels, shops on Vienna’s shopping streets, coffee houses and many restaurants will wear the Red Ribbon while the AIDS Conference is in town – as will employees of Austrian Airlines and, of course, WienTourismus itself. Vienna’s city gardens will also be visually marked by the International AIDS Conference.

International AIDS Conference
18-23 July 2010
Messezentrum Wien
Cultural supporting program from May – July 2010

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