At midnight ball guests were rewarded with a special treat: For the first time, the Hungarian Roma band Kalyi Jag performed at a ball and presented their music and dance highlights of 40 years on stage. Their show was announced by Ursula Hemetek, Wittgenstein prize awardee 2018 and ethnomusicologist at the University of Music and applied Arts Vienna. In her research, she called their music “ethnic mainstream”. But see for yourself:
And here it is: This year’s video by our partner SPOTTERON, shows the best and most memorable moments of the ball. We want to thank You for celebrating with us and hope we can welcome You to the next Vienna Ball of Sciences on the 25th of January 2020!
Our ball embassador, astronomer Franz Kerschbaum, came up with something great for the ball night: He wanted to look for the hottest dancers in the ball disco using his infrared camera. Whoever was too busy dancing, can now try retrospectively to figure out his or her temperature!
Three years ago, Anna Wexberg-Kubesch started a project: The design of 15,000 postcards, representing 15,000 Jewish children murdered in Theresienstadt or after deportation to extermination camps. People across the world were invited to individually design a card and return it to Wexberg-Kubesch. The complete collection can be viewed in an installation at the Volkshalle of the Rathaus until January 30th, or as a virtual photo album at www.neverforgetwhy15000.at
In the ball magazine she talked about her experience. You can read the article in German here: https://www.wissenschaftsball.at/anna-wexberg-kubesch/
Our diligent assistents had no more bags to hand out even before the ball ended–due to the interest of our ball guests. Whoever has did not have the chance to read through our 68 page long ball magazine, can now download the pdf edition! Excellently edited by Katharina Kropshofer it features all the ball events, from local superfoods to Esrap’s midnight lecture. Enjoy the read!
Spectacular experiments and stunning presentations are turning the townhall once again into an experimental arrangement of an amusing thirst for knowledge.
No Science Ball without a premiere: On the 26th of January, at the 5th Vienna Ball of Sciences, it will be possible for the first time to also use the “Volkshalle” on the ground floor – additionally to the ballrooms in the “Beletage”. This way we are accomodating around 3.600 guests. Just like in the previous years, also this year’s ball will be sold out.
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