Vienna City Hall: 2,800 guests celebrated at the Upper Austrian Ball

Around 2,800 guests celebrated on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the 119th Upper Austrian Ball in the Vienna City Hall. This time the focus was on the Innviertel. “We all longed for it,” said Othmar Thann, chairman of the Upper Austrian Association in Vienna.

INNVERTEL/VIENNA. In addition to Federal Minister Susanne Raab, State Secretary Claudia Plakolm, Governor Thomas Stelzer and Mayor Michael Ludwig, Othmar Thann welcomed Deputy Governor Christine Haberlander, State Councilors Markus Achleitner and Wolfgang Hattmannsdorfer, Governor Josef Pühringer, Club Chairman August Wöginger, Mayor Klaus Luger, and others Innviertler district governors Rudolf Greiner, Yvonne Weidenholzer and Gerald Kronberger, Raiffeisen Oberösterreich General Manager Heinrich Schaller, Upper Austrian Insurance General Manager Othmar Nagl, Therme Geinberg Managing Director Karl Berghammer and FACC CEO Robert Machtlinger.

“We tackle, we help together”

Provincial Governor Thomas Stelzer, patron of the Upper Austrian Ball, took the hit “Mir laungts” by the Upper Austrian band folkshilfe, who rocked the ballroom at midnight, as the motto of his opening speech: “We had a great time too. We need to celebrate together, and it is a great pleasure that we can do this again today together with the Viennese in the town hall.” The Upper Austrian Ball also shows what Upper Austria means for the republic and what the cooperation of all countries in Austria in general means: “We tackle, we help together,” said Stelzer.

tradition and innovation

“But tonight is also a strong sign of joie de vivre,” emphasized the governor. “And the Innviertel region, which is presented here in Vienna today, has internalized the trademarks of Upper Austria: tradition and innovation. A clear language is spoken in the Innviertel, it is an industrial stronghold and job engine, and with Oliver Glasner, who last week won the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt, there is another reason to be particularly proud.

Donations for the Ukrainians

“At this year’s Upper Austrian Ball we are also sending a clear signal of cohesion and togetherness,” emphasized Governor Stelzer. A picture by the artist Enrique Fuentes, Artist in Residence at the SCHÜTZ Art Museum in Engelhartszell, was auctioned off on the night of the ball; the proceeds from the auction and the ball raffle were rounded up to the sum of 10,000 euros together with donations. These were handed over to the Red Cross of Upper Austria for the purchase of ambulances in the Ukraine.

“A wonderful breed of people”

“Today, many Viennese have the opportunity to get to know Upper Austria,” said Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig at the opening in the ballroom of Vienna City Hall – “already the longest ballroom in the monarchy”. He was looking forward to the “great music from Upper Austria” and especially to the presentations from the Innviertel. With 70,000 Upper Austrians living here, Vienna is the second largest Upper Austrian city in Austria after Linz. “I enjoy it every day,” said Ludwig. “The people of Upper Austria are a wonderful breed.” You can find more photos here