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Spaceship II Thousand - Le Vaisseau II Mille - is under construction by students from seven technological high schools in the Paris region. This nine-ton thingee will be complete at the year's end and be viewable at La Villette, at 32, Quai de la Loire, Paris 19.

Robert Hossein presents a huge spectacle, with giant screen and 200 actors, entitled "The Manbrochure: musee de jouets, poissy Who Said 'No'&quot: - about Charles de Gaulle and his wartime followers. More details for this and the following items in the 'Scene' column.

The first exhibition of 'Fauvism in 30 years began at the end of October at Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne. Over 200 works by Matisse, Derain, Marquet, Manguin, Puy, Camoin, Vlaminck, Van Dongen, Braque, Friesz and Dufy.

The theatre at Châtelet re-opened, with the opera 'Outis' created by Luciano Berio for La Scala. The 'Nutcracker Suite' - 'Caisse-Noisette' - follows in December.

'Paris en l'An 2100' - is the actual exhibition in the reception hall in the Hôtel de Ville. Imagined by the students of applied arts schools in Paris, this displays a future Paris of the imagination. Until Saturday, 29. January, at 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4.


On Thursday, 18. November, the Maison Européenne de la Photo opened an exhibition featuring Bernard Plossu, Hocine and Bernard Lamarche-Vadel.

The International World Tour of Sacred Songs and Music 15. November at Saint-Germain-des-Prés; - the 'Festival d'Art Sacre 99' - presents many concerts in historic Paris locations. This huge event apparently ends on Monday, 20. December, but seems to continue until 24. January 2000. Info. Tel.: 01 44 70 64 10.

Paris, known as the 'City of Light' due it its early adoption of electric lighting, turned on many, many more lights on Tuesday, 23. November - on all of its 36 bridges, and includes a new illumination scheme for the Hôtel de Ville.

Les Metiers d'Art En l'An 2000 began on Friday, 17. December. Thousands of objects from the world of hand-work - jewelry, crystal, leatherwork, couture, binding - go on display at the Palais des Congrés at Porte Maillot - until Thursday, 6. January.

From Monday, 20. December to Wednesday, 5. January 2000, Paris does its traditional Christmas season. Some of its other highlights:

'Capitales' is a giant book 15 metres high, to be set up at Palais-Royal. On hand will be hundreds of authors and artists from all over the world. Friday, 31. December and Saturday, 1. January.

'Aux Portes de l'An 2000' - 36,000 villages, towns and cities in France are set to have symbolic or real 'doors to the future,' around which the festivities of New Year's Eve are to be concentrated.

A 'Press City' will be set up in February to celebrate Renaudot's invention in 1631 of the famous 'Gazette,' which was a first for France and the world. Newspapers will show how they are made and there will be a 'Press Heritage' section - based on the Christian Bailly collections, containing over a million items. This series of events will proceed the eventual opening of a 'Press Museum' which the city plans to open.

'Carpe Diem 2000' - will feature 365 photos of the Tour Eiffel, taken by Jean Paul Lubliner since January 1999.

Spring:- Paris considers the 'discovery' of the Americas as having been the most significant event of the last millennium, so the Americas will be celebrated in various ways - a 'celebration' which actually started in 1999.

Sunday, 9. April:- the Paris Marathon

May or June:- 'Land Art on the banks of the Seine' - will see the installation of plant of 'photo constructions' by 10 artists, in parks or gardens near the river.

Monday, 15. May:- Seiji Ozawa directs the Symphonic Orchestra of Boston and the National Orchestra of France at the Champ-de-Mars.

In June:- Johnny Hallyday gives another really huge - and free! - concert, on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées - this one in memory of the spontaneous popular fête produced by France's World Cup win in 1998.

'The Wings of Light' is a 'symphonic' musical comedy by Christian Schittenhelm, which traces the odysee of Leonardo de Vinci. At the Casino de Paris, from 1. July to 30. August. World tour begins in 2001.

Possibly In July:- Guitar Heros - 30 of the world's 'greatest guitar players' are to be featured performers at Bagatelle over three days - with the gate receipts earmarked for international charities for children.

Friday, 14. July:- Robert Hossein stages the entire history of Paris and France - but without the original cast; around the Seine and from Etoile to Concorde in Paris.

Friday, 14. July:- Grands Bals to be held at Concorde, the esplanade at Invalides and on the Champ-de-Mars. Plus fireworks and a special rocket-launching.

In July:- The Tour de France; with the final day to be run entirely in Paris, on 23. July.

In September:- World Boxing Championship fight at the Tour Eiffel.

Beginning in November 2000:- the Ville de Paris 'Mois de la Photo' program will feature 'Paris viewed through the eyes of foreign photographers,' which will be staged in foreignposter: dvorak cultural centres. The Musée Carnavalet-Histoire de Paris will present a photo exhibition of Paris in 3-D. A 'Paris Photo Fair' will be held in the Carousel du Louvre, with selections from French and foreign galleries. Finally, 30 of the 'world's best' and 200 of the 'world's less-than-best' photographers will spend two days trying to figure out the 'future of photography' in the coming millennium.

'Dvorak' has expired, but I like its poster anyway.

These are only the barest details of some of the events of the 'Paris 2000' and the national 'Mission 2000' programs. Although seemingly modest, the 'Paris Lights Up' alone will be worth seeing.

As 'Paris 2000' points out, Saint-Just said, "Happiness is a new idea in Europe." I'm not sure that he meant, 'It's Party Time, Euro-Folks!' but this is what Paris and France have in mind for the beginning of our 3rd millennium. Book early.

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