12.24 p.m., November 26, 2021
The comments in various Internet forums and the mood among the population suggest that the “Light in the Dark” gala was not well received everywhere, even though it was the ORF’s already traditional fundraising campaign. But that in the middle of lockdown a top-class one Politicians was present and a lavish entertainment program was offered, irritated some.
No masks, no safety distance at the gala, while the rest of the country has to live with restrictions. That is the main criticism. Present at the gala were among others Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler. Andrea Berg, DJ Ötzi and Opus took care of the show program, singing their world hit “Live is Life”.
Also the FPÖ was angry on Friday at the “Licht ins Dunkel” gala on Wednesday evening – as members of the federal government would have celebrated there in the middle of lockdown without a mask or distance and “without a genius”, as the Viennese party leader Dominik Nepp criticized in a press conference. The event on ORF is a “Symbol of the planting” been, he decided. According to Nepp, Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) is ready to resign.
The ORF emphasizes that the gala goes without saying “under the strictest security precautions and in compliance with all corona protective measures” took place. And general director Alexander Wrabetz said in advance: “We don’t celebrate here, we collect for a good cause. There is indeed a show, but not for the people who are there, but for the audience, which is in a larger sense Sitting at home and experiencing something beautiful. “
At this year’s “Licht ins Dunkel” gala 3.3 million euros in donations a.