The Young Ladies and Young Gents Commitee, led by the Ball President, opens the Ball with a polonaise, the Fledermausquadrille and the traditional Linkswalzer to Josef Strauß’s “Mein Lebenslauf ist Lieb’und Lust”.
The entrance of the guests of honour with representatives from the areas of industry and economy, followed by the rectors as well as government members, underscores the social significance of the Ball. The connection to the Technical University of Vienna is honoured with a high number of dignitaries.
The guest list of the Ball is dominated by members of the Techniker Cercle and their circle of friends and relatives. The Techniker Cercle assumes the organisation every year and ensures a dazzling ball and a successful result through honorary activities.
The atmosphere heated up thanks to the young members, who were always present in large numbers and happy to dance, and two bands who alternated playing in the “Goldener Saal”, one specialising in Viennese waltzes, the other in international standard dances. The disco in the “Gläserner Saal” facilitated a transition to modern rhythms and also a change to a bar atmosphere.
The ball’s atmospheric highlight was the Mitternachtsquadrille, in which every guest could take part.
Those who made it to the traditional end of the Ball at 5 am could enjoy a contemplative close to the Ball with “Brüderlein fein”, played with tender violins.
For years, the Ball of Industry and Technology was distinguished by the connection of technology, industry, economy and science with the vibrancy of youth. With its real elegance and its festive mood, it is one of the social highlights of Vienna’s ball season.