More than 600 Croats from all over Austria have come together at the Kursalon music hall in Vienna on Saturday night for the popular annual Croatian Ball…
Organised by the Austrian-Croatian Society for Culture and Sport, the ball, which brings Croatians living in Austria together, is now in its 25th year.
“The ball is an opportunity for socialising and meetings between Croats and Austrians and its strengthens and revives thousand-year old connections between Austria and Croatia,” new Croatian Social Welfare Minister Bernarda Juretic, who was a guest at this year’s ball, said.
The ball connects Austria with Croatia, two countries which enjoy very close and friendly relations.
The Austrian-Croatian Culture and Sport Association was established in 1990, it coordinates 26 Croatian societies and two Croatian sport leagues in Vienna and it has more than 5,000 members, which makes it one of the largest Croat expatriate communities in Europe and the rest of the world.
Croatian Ambassador in Austria Vesna Cvjetkovic said the ball was a beautiful tradition of unity of Croats in Austria. This year’s ball was held under the auspices of the cities of Zagreb and Vienna, Split-Dalmatia County and the Croatian Embassy in Austria.