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Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center successfully hosted its fourth annual Vienna Ball

Beijing, April 25, 2018–The fourth Kempinski Vienna Ball Beijing was held at Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center on April 21, a grand event that depicted both the Austrian tradition and an enchanting welcome into spring. Mr. Torsten Dressler, Managing Director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, ceremoniously opened the ball to all guests. Friedrich Stift, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the People’s Republic of China and Dr. Michael Häupl, the Mayor of Vienna, attended the ball together with 500 distinguished guests.

And the Waltz Goes On

The Kempinski Vienna Ball has already become a yearly highlight in the calendar of many people! The event brought authentic Austrian ballroom culture, couture and cuisine to Beijingers and visitors fond of European traditions, lifestyle and classics. Kempinski Vienna Ball Beijing was possible thanks to the City of Vienna, Austrian Embassy Beijing, and sponsors like Austrian Airlines, FREYWILLE and ZENWIN and other contributors and media partners.

During the opening speech, Torsten Dressler, Managing Director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, said "For us, organizing such a Vienna ball and with the endorsement of the Austrian Embassy and City of Vienna, we believe this is a perfect match in our understanding of European culture as it’s a part of a culture exchange. It gives us great pleasure to welcome the mayor of the city of Vienna, Dr. Michael Häupl and the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the People’s Republic of China, Friedrich Stift, here tonight. We are celebrating tonight European culture, Austrian culture, lifestyle, and elegance, and what we are celebrating most is bringing this to China, and the friendship between Austria and China and Europe and China. "

"This is a great event. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, just like in Vienna. I want to thank all the sponsors, especially FREYWILLE, the City of Vienna and all the others who have helped shaped this wonderful event. I wish you a wonderful evening filled with great food, music and dance, "said Friedrich Stift, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the People’s Republic of China.

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1. Torsten Dressler, managing director of Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center giving a welcome speech at the ball.

2. A speech delivered by Friedrich Stift, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the People’s Republic of China.

3. A speech delivered by Dr. Michael Häupl, the Mayor of Vienna.

4 & 5. Gala dinner in the glamorous Vienna-themed settings.

The most anticipated social event in Beijing

These rites endow the balls with a unique charm. The quadrille is the most eye-catching at every Vienna ball. The Kempinski Vienna Ball follows this tradition, and was opened by the dance of the debutantes and their escorts. The celebrated dance instructor and former state opera solo dancer Heinz Heidenreich, who took charge of this traditional ceremony, has been a ballet solo dancer at the Vienna State.

Later on at the stroke of midnight, they performed the traditional quadrille under the watchful gaze of all the guests in the ballroom. All the debutantes’ beautiful ball gowns were created by the official outfitter of the ball - Tanya Couture. Tanya Couture was founded by one of China’s most influential designers Tanya Wang in 2009.

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Opening performance of the debutante committee, led by Heinz Heidenreich, Artistic Director Heinz Heidenreich

As the former principal dancer of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, Heinz Heidenreich shot to international ballet stardom and toured around the world to work on various TV and ballet productions including "The Nutcracker", "Swan Lake" and "Don Quixote".

Mr. Heidenreich has also dedicated himself to organizing and choreographing Vienna balls around the world. He will lead Kempinski Vienna Ball Beijing in its fourth year running as the artistic director. Tonight, he will be leading the debutante committee of young ladies and gentlemen and the midnight quadrille: a traditional square dance performed in every Austrian ball.

Original Wiener Strauss Capelle performing at the ball

At the ball, the renowned Original Wiener Strauss Capelle performed a variety of classical pieces, accompanied by beautiful melodies from the land of Vienna.It is a true pleasure to hear the world-famous waltzes and polkas as they were composed for the ensemble by the Strauss dynasty and to see how the “Original Wiener Johann Strauss-Capelle” dressed on festive occasions.

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Opera Singer Marcela Cerno singing at the Kempinski Vienna Ball

Marcela Cerno graduated from the internationally-acclaimed Prague School of Music, and starred in many opera productions, including "The Bat," "Hansel and Gretel," "A Masked Ball," and many more. As the lead opera singer for the 2018 Kempinski Vienna Ball Beijing, Marcela performed classic and modern operas and songs.

‘Land of the Waltz’ History

Initiated in 1935, the Vienna Ball has a history of more than 80 years of bringing together some of Europe’s most high-class, royal and elite society and still remains the most important social event in Austria today. Each year, over 400 balls are held in Vienna, a “city of world music,” drawing the participation of over 300,000 dancers from around the world to the Land of the Waltz. Among them, the Vienna Opera Ball, held at the Vienna State Opera, is the most famous and receives recognition as such all around the world.

The ball’s customs spread to England and other countries, but none can be as romantic and formal as Vienna’s. Vienna’s love for balls can be traced back to the 18th century at a time when only noblemen or the upper-class were allowed to wear masks or gowns on private occasions. Emperor Josef II held many balls at the Hofburg Imperial Palace which were open to the public, from which the Viennese learned court etiquette. This standard is still practiced today. Picturesque at best, at the Vienna Ball, guests wear gorgeous gowns and dance gracefully under chandeliers.

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The Gourmet Gala Dinner
Kempinski served the most delectable gourmet food from the land of music, waltz and gallantry.

Tasting Authentic Wine
Taste the best of Austrian premium wines and unwind in our vineyard, pergola and grass fields.Vienna is a city of music and a city of grape wine. A land filled with vineyards in its downtown area, it is the only capital in the world that produces large quantities of fragrant grape wine in an urban area. At the Kempinski Vienna Ball, guests danced and tasted authentic pr

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The charity raffles program at the ball was also a great success. This year, Kempinski Vienna Ball Beijing fund raised a total of RMB40, 800. All proceeds will be donated to Sunvillage, a non-governmental charity program that Kempinski Hotel Beijing has been supporting since 2013.
Sunvillage works to provide assistance to the neglected, abandoned and oftentimes mistreated children whose well-being is under threat. From infancy to young adulthood, children rescued by Sunvillage are, for the most part, children of Chinese convicts who often receive unfavorable treatment in society due to their family background.

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About Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center:Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center is the perfect mix of luxury, convenience and cultural diversity under one roof. The hotel is located in the heart of Beijing’s diplomatic and business district, and is only a 20-minute drive from Beijing Capital International Airport. Kempinski Hotel Beijing has 526 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, ten fully equipped banquet/conference facilities and seven stylish and authentic restaurants and bars. The hotel provides its international leisure and business guests with European-style service. The hotel is also part of the Beijing Lufthansa Center complex, which incorporates offices, apartments, and showrooms, as well as You Yi Shopping City, banks, airline offices, a 24-hour medical center, a health club and a kindergarten.

About Kempinski:Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels and residences in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. •

Media contacts:
Amy Wang
Assistant Director of PR
Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center
50 Liangmaqiao Road • Chaoyang District • Beijing 100125 • China
Tel: 86 10 6465 3388 • Mobile: 13638610610

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