Gmunden: Conchita Wurst stole the show at Europe’s biggest charity event, despite plenty of big-name competition. Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes, transforming Vienna’s City Hall into a fantasy land. The occasion, Europe’s biggest charity event, was serious - raising money for AIDS research.  But as in previous years, the 20th annual Life Ball was also an anything-goes gala with an emphasis on diversity. Conchita, who won the recent Eurovision song contest, was the undisputed favourite.–BEL

She belted out her winning torch song Fly Like A Phoenix.