Word by the president

The objective of the association “Les amis de la musique du bal viennois” is to promote cultural exchanges between the cities of Vienna and Geneva, notably by organizing cultural and musical events and in particular a ball according to the Viennese tradition. I am all the more pleased with this initiative as I am a native of Vienna and now live in Geneva.

The first Vienna ball in Geneva took place on 6th June 2019 in the unique décor of the Ritz-Carlton, Hotel de la Paix, thus preparing the ground for future balls, the 2nd edition planned at the Musée Ariana. This event will be held not far from where the president of the XVIII League of Nations assembly, his highness the Aga Khan, invited his guests to an evening of dancing on 25th September 1937. This ball shall also the importance of an organization dedicated to maintaining peace.

The LoN was born out of the will, not to re-live the horrors of the First World War and to preserve peace through collective negotiations and was at the origin of one of the great advances of humanity. It was the first body to deal with international affairs institutionally. Thus, modern multilateralism has become one of the principles of international relations that the UN and its agencies subsequently adopted.

The commonalities between international multilateralism and the universal language of music are agreement on a common score, a harmonious rhythm and a multitude of actors. A Viennese ball will link these two important UN capitals through the Geneva heritage and the Viennese tradition in a spirit of openness and friendship.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we can welcome this initiative.


Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann

President “Les amis de la musique de bal viennois”