The entire ball program

Ball guests of the 76th Pharmacy Ball can once more expect a varied program, peppered with highlights, dances, enjoyment and entertainment to participate in the festival rooms of the Vienna Hofburg.

The Austrian Pharmacists' Chamber with its very special ideas has ensured that the ball night on Saturday, 20 January 2018, will be entertaining and unforgettable.

Under the patronage of the Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van Der Bellen the traditional ball motto is “Schwingen statt Drängen” which translates to “Swing instead of force” - a sophisticated recipe that guarantees limitless enjoyment.

The international guests will be in the best mood for waltz, meeting up with pharmacists from Austria and abroad, representatives of the government as well as local and international representatives of the pharmaceutical industry.

Ball program

8 pm - Admission: Vienna Hofburg opens its gates for the ball guests

9 pm - Festive opening of the ball in “Festsaal”

• Entry of the opening committee and the guests of honour, accompanied by solemn fanfare sounds of the fanfare group, Helmut Demmer

• Opening of the Young Women’s and Young Men’s Committee in black and white, performing choreography by master of ceremonies, Roman Svabek

• Classical ballet performance by the Vienna State Opera's apprentices to the flower waltz from the "Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky in choreography by Olexandr Maslyannikov of the Vienna Académie de Danse

Afterwards - Everybody waltz!” (“Alles Walzer”): following the festive opening, the parquet of “Festsaal” will be opened for the exhilarating pleasure of the ball guests.

11 - 11.45 pm – Dance Show “ShuffleCafe” in “Ceremoniensaal”. 20ies Disco with shellac.

12 pm - Midnight show: A modern ballet danced to "Summertime" by George Gershwin will be performed by Elena Botarro and Alexandru Tcacenco, two solo dancers of the Vienna State Opera, with choreography by Elisabeth Kobel.

Following: First Public Quadrille in “Festsaal” under the direction of master of ceremonies Roman Svabek.

0 - 1 am - Dance Show “WestCoastFloor” in “Forum”. Modern music meets contemporary dancing.

1 - 2 am – Dance Show “ShuffleCafe” in “Ceremoniensaal”. 20ies Disco with shellac.

2 am - Second Public Quadrille in “Festsaal” under the direction of master of ceremonies Roman Svabek.

2.30 – 3.30 am - Dance Show “WestCoastFloor” in “Gartensaal”. Modern music meets contemporary dancing.

4 am - Farewell Dance: At 4 am the dance floor will be closed – traditionally with the popular folk song "Brüderlein fein".

Musical program

The official ball motto “Schwingen statt Drängen” is a charming invitation for all passionate dancers to conquer the dance floor in one of the most splendid ballrooms of the Vienna Hofburg. Guests will be entertained throughout the evening by the varied sounds of the numerous top-class orchestras and bands.

Two orchestras provide musical entertainment from 21.45 to 4.00 o'clock in the main ballroom “Festsaal”: the renowned Grand Ball Orchestra of Wolfgang Ortner stands for a large repertoire of classical dance music. Alternating, the Vienna Guard Music Big Band provides a lively change on the dance floor.

In addition, Jazzklusiv accompanied by singer Carole Alston will provide a unique atmosphere in “Ceremoniensaal” from 21.45 to 4.00 o'clock with jazzy classics arranged in a modern way and packed into swinging rhythms.

Meanwhile, in the Latino Lounge at “Forum” hot temperament is in demand – hot and powerful Latino rhythms from Carla Natascha & Salsa Band will make you swing your hips also from 21.45 to 4.00 o'clock! In addition, there will be live Latin dance show performances.

Smooth relaxing is the name of the game when pianist Charly Hloch performs stress-free melodies in “Rittersaal”.

From 10 pm to 4 am the Hitradio Ö3 Balldisco will rock “Gartensaal” until the early morning hours.

With this recipe, nothing stands in the way of a grandiose ball night!

Hotel arrangements

For the well-deserved rest after an entertaining ball night we offer various hotel packages and packages combining ball tickets and accommodation for ball guests visiting Vienna.
Have a look at the attractive offers on the ball’s website

Dress Code

Ladies: Floor-length evening dress, ball gown
Gentlemen: Tailcoat, tuxedo, uniform or black suit with tuxedo bow

Further information

Tickets: Tickets lose validity upon leaving the Hofburg.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all of Hofburg’s rooms, except in the "Gardehof" (see plan of the Hofburg). This also applies to the use of e-cigarettes. We kindly ask all ball guests to comply with the smoking ban and to follow instructions of the security staff.

Recordings: All video, audio and photo material recorded on the ball will be used in our publication, possibly even at a later stage. By attending the event, all ball guests are aware and agree to that.

Mark the date!

We look forward to seeing you again at the 77th Pharmacy Ball on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at Hofburg Vienna.

Last tickets available

Ball tickets of all categories are still available. Please follow this link to our online system:

76. Pharmacy Ball - ONLINE TICKETING


Opening of the Ball (21:00)

Committee of Debutant(e)s
Ceremonious move of the opening committee and guests of honour

Dance performance

Midnight Special

Quadrille in the Large state Hall (Festsaal)


Large State Hall/Festsaal:
Grosses Ballorcester Dkfm. Wolfgang Ortner (Big Band)

Hall of Ceremonies/Ceremoniensaal
Jazzklusiv und Carole Alston

Knights’ Hall / Rittersaal
Charly Hloch

Latino Lounge/Forum
Carla Natascha & Band

Gardenhall/ Gartensaal