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Vienna rides Conchita wave with AIDS charity ball

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:18

June 2 - Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst performs at Europe's biggest AIDS charity event, Vienna's Life Ball, with Bill Clinton and other celebrities in attendance. Rollo Ross reports.

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The Life Ball held in Vienna is one of the most colourful events in the world and was held in Austria on May 31st. This year's fancy dress theme was based on the Hieronymus Bosch triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights", which features revellers stuck between hell and the garden of Eden. SOUNDBITE: Visitor from Austria, Leon, saying (English): "Awesome, it's great to be here, and so many people, and so great people, they are all... It's just a great party." However, aside from the celebrity attendance and the extravagant performances put on for the 22nd edition of the Life Ball, there is also a more serious side which is to raise money for children whose mothers have transmitted to them the HIV virus - an element which was addressed by former US president Bill Clinton. SOUNDBITE: Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, saying (English): "All over Africa and in the Caribbean, you are giving life to little children who would have been the innocent victims of an enemy we have not yet defeated so in all the joy of this evening, never forget what lies behind it. The determination of every person giving here to give every child a better chance. Thank you so much." Rounding off the evening's entertainment was the current gay icon of the moment, Conchita Wurst, the Austrian bearded drag act who recently won the Eurovision song contest with the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix'.

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Vienna rides Conchita wave with AIDS charity ball

Monday, June 02, 2014 - 01:18