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Each year the HOFBURG Silvesterball gets the Hofburg ball season off to a glittering start, while a high-calibre musical line-up also makes it the New Year’s Eve hotspot in Austria’s capital Vienna.
Chief designers and creative geniuses from the worlds of music and art have come up with another captivating programme for us this year. The New Year’s Eve highlight in the heart of Vienna looks back on a proud tradition as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. This year’s event will play out under the enticing motto of Time to Celebrate.
“More than 500 people are involved in staging a dazzling programme of entertainment for our guests on the night,” explained HOFBURG Vienna Director Alexandra Kaszay.
Raise a toast: Happy Birthday HOFBURG Silvesterball
The first ever New Year’s Ball at the Hofburg took place on 31 December 1970. 50 years later it will be staging a one-of-a-kind anniversary celebration. And the team certainly knows how it’s done: inspired by the theme of Time to Celebrate, the jubilee event will get this year’s Viennese ball season off to a dazzling start. First-class entertainment and a sumptuous gala dinner set the scene for the epitome of Viennese ball culture in the unique state rooms of Vienna’s imperial Hofburg palace.
The beautiful floral decorations, the popular Silvesterball fanfare and the formal ceremony performed by the dancers from the Vienna State Ballet, never fail to work their magic on guests at the official opening of the magnificent Grand staircase.
For the opening of the state rooms, the debutantes from the Elmayer dance school make their entrance to the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal decked out in dazzling headwear from Mühlbauer.
Pavel Singer draws on all colours of the musical spectrum from Baroque to rap. His unique composition It will be performed by the well-known Divertimento Viennese orchestra and the band Stereoparty under the baton of Vinzenz Praxmarer. And before the floor is opened up to all comers with the words “Alles Walzer”, the audience will be treated to a performance by the acclaimed opera soloists Ilona Revolskaya and Boris Pfeifer accompanied by the dancers of the Vienna State Ballet, who will be wearing costumes specially created for the occasion by ART for ART.
Midnight and the big New Year’s Eve show
An unforgettable scene awaits the guests at midnight, when the HOFBURG will ring in the New Year together with breathtaking views of spectacular firework displays above the old town, the sounding of the Pummerin bell at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the traditional Blue Danube Waltz. Highlights such as the stage show in the Festsaal and Zeremoniensaal at midnight are broadcast to screens throughout the venue. The soprano Tanja Petrasek and tenor Boris Pfeifer will perform a retro medley themed Congratulations and Celebrations, with number one hits from 1970 and 1971 – the first two years of the HOFBURG Silvesterball – interwoven with the overture from the operetta Die Fledermaus.
In all, 13 bands and orchestras will provide swinging ballroom sounds in the various salons. At the Strictly Waltz Room in the Geheime Ratstube – a new addition this year – a waltz ensemble and master of ceremonies will ensure a great atmosphere all night long. As the name suggests, everything revolves around waltzing here: deftly switching between waltzes to the left and to the right in a flurry of footsteps, or simply gliding sedately across the dancefloor at a more leisurely pace. And it is not just younger ballgoers who will take to the floor of the Silver Sparkling Disco.
An experience for all the senses
On the night of the ball, guests will sit down to an exquisite four-course gala dinner crafted by Motto Catering in the stunning setting of the Hofburg. Elsewhere, typical Viennese delicacies are available at the Heuriger wine tavern, while the best drinks and cocktails await in the Birthday Lounge.
Today and yesteryear
A blend of history, the present day and the future comes to life in the Hofburg state rooms. In the place where monarchs once held court, Managing Director Alexandra Kaszay is now inviting guests to the HOFBURG Silvesterball. From the Zeremoniensaal, which was once the Habsburg throne room, to the Rittersaal where Maria Theresia was baptised, every room tells its own story, casting a spell on visitors with its unique charm. All of the rooms are open to guests, from holders of Grand Tickets including a gala dinner to Flanierticket holders who prefer to dance and stroll through the imperial rooms the whole night. And the Festsaal is almost fully booked!
Numerous bookings for the state rooms have already been made via the new-look website. And the Festsaal has already sold out! The new 360° panoramic tour gives guests a chance to explore the state rooms before the ball: https://www.hofburgsilvesterball.com/en/programme/360degreestour/
Click here for information on the various ticket categories: https://www.hofburgsilvesterball.com/en/tickets/
Click here for information on programme highlights and the timetable: https://www.hofburgsilvesterball.com/en/programme/