What is the Millennium?
When is the Millennium?
Events and Remarks
Millennium for Kids
CANADA - Millennium Bureau of Canada
Canada Millennium Partnership Program: Under the theme, Sharing
the Memory: Shaping the Dream, $50 million will be allocated for
community-based projects and national activities.
Millennium Scholarship Fund: With the initial contribution of $2.5
billion by the Government of Canada, the Foundation aims to award 100,000
needs-based scholarships for ten years beginning in 2000. Also, $10
million Millennium fund, administered by the Canada council for the Arts
will grant funds to artists and arts organizations.
Millennium: Millennium Web
site to allow all Canadians access to details of all events and programs.
Millennium Projects: Including the Viking Project, to celebrate
arrival; TransCanada Trail, a recreational trail across Canada; Natural
Legacy 2000, nation-wide conservation effort; Music Canada 2000; and
Millennium Bureau of Canada
255 Albert Street, 10th Floor
Ottowa, Ontario CANADA K1P 6A9
FRANCE - The Mission for the Celebration of the Year
The Celebration of the year 2000 can be seen as an invitation--an
invitation to think about the future, to mark a new relationship to time,
to each other and to our environment. Three different kinds of time will
mark the turn of the millennium: The time for festivities, the time for
reflection, and the time for creation.
Time for festivities: Major celebrations include New Year's Eve,
December 31, 1999, focusing on solidarity; Musical Festival in June 2000,
focusing on shared culture, Bastille Day, July 2000, focusing on a
celebration of nature and environment; local celebrations ranging from
The Children's Village, a group of touring child musicians, to events
that bring together groups of writers and young people.
Time for reflection: The process will culminate in the University of
World Knowledge. Professors from all disciplines will conduct seminars
in Paris. Cities have developed their own projects (i.e.: Lyons-The new
renaissances, Lille-The new African creativities).
Time for creation: Programs to stimulate, coordinate, and support
initiatives in all fields of the arts. Public art commissions,
audiovisual productions, publications, and "Imagining Tomorrow"
fellowships--funding for ten recent Ph.D.'s to research various aspects
of daily life in the 21st Century.
Mission pour la Celebration de l'an 2000
8, Avenue de L'Opera
ITALY - The Roman Agency for the Preparation of the
40 million pilgrims, visitors, and tourists are expected to
Rome and its region during the year 2000. The task of The Roman Agency
for the Preparation of the Jubilee is to coordinate the operations to
welcome the guests expected for the great event of the Jubilee Year.
Agency will initiate and oversee the planning of cultural celebrations,
transportation projects, information systems, urban maintenance, and
Prof. Francesco Bandarin
Director of Information, Communication and
Agenzia Romana per la perparazione del
Piazza Adriana 12
ICELAND - The Leifur Eriksson Millennium Commission of
The Millennium celebrations which the Government of Iceland will support
are focusing on the country's early history: The Leifur Eriksson
Millennium Commission of Iceland will:
Design a program of events related to their discoveries in North
which will include retracing the path of a Viking ship, concerts by the
Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, film festivals, theater productions,
international seminars in Iceland for youth from North America,
exhibitions of paintings, literature (with the Library of Congress) and
the history of Viking exploration (with Smithsonian).
Make grants within Iceland in support of films on Viking history,
curricula development, Internet linkages among schools, programs in
environment affairs for young people, international exchanges for
students, and commemorative celebrations for the 1000 year anniversary of
Christianity in Iceland.
H.E. Ambassador Einar Benediktsson
Director, The Leifur Eiriksson Millennium
Commission of Iceland
IS - 101 Reykjavik
GERMANY - EXPO 2000
In the year 2000 from June 1 to Ocober 31, Germany will host a universal
World exposition for the first time in history. EXPO 2000's theme,
Humankind-Nature-Technology stands for central issues facing the
the coming century. To date, 175 nations and organizations have
Germany's invitation. Each country will stage its own representation in
exhibition halls. The expected attendance will be 40 million
visitors. Germany will also showcase its 10 years of reunification.
Administrative Director of the International
Participants Division of EXPO 2000
Bereich Internationale Teilnehmer
EXPO 2000 Hannover GmbH
NORWAY - Norway 2000
Norway 2000 will focus on making Norway prepared to meet the changes
coming in the new century and plans to use the opportunity to learn from
others. The government has set up an independent company owned by the
Ministry of Culture and managed by a Board of Directors. Just recently
the Commission has begun hiring permanent staff. Their intent is to
remain in business through the year 2005 which coincides with their
hundred year separation from Sweden. The Commission will make grants to
local communities using the following themes: solidarity, responsibility,
oneness and environmental awareness.
Specific plans include:
Millennium Squares: New community meeting places will be built in all
Millennium Buildings: The commission will build a Medieval museum, a
modern national library, a technological center, a multi ethnic and
cultural building, as well as Norway's first opera house.
Millennium projects: Everyone will be invited to submit ideas and
develop projects which meet the vision and values of the Millennium
celebration. Suggestions may include new musicals, concerts, or exhibitions.
Anne Kari Lande Hasle
Chairman, Board of Directors
Norweigan Millennium Commission
Sentrum 0104 Oslo
Phone: 47-22-32-2000 or 47-22-57-1200
UNITED KINGDOM - Millennium Commission
The centerpiece will be the Dome in Greenwich. It will be the
building of its kind in the world, at 150 meters high and 8 hectares
around. It will contain exhibits and attractions exploring aspects of
life in the past and future and will house a live show in its central
arena. The Dome is also acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the
dilapidated Greenwich peninsula, inspiring the development of Millennium
Village, which will include 3000 new homes, 50 acres of new public
parks, and permanent improvements in public transport to the area.
The Millennium Commission is distributing 2 billion pounds of
Lottery funds. They are being distributed through grants to individuals
enabling them to fulfill personal aspirations while benefitting their
communities, and also to capital projects at more than 3,000 locations
across the UK. The capital projects are focusing on five themes, dealing
with the environment, education, science and technology, city
refurbishing, and community support.
The Millennium Challenge includes locally-generated projects,
Our Town's Story, in which the story of different towns in the UK
told each day, in the Dome. The focus will broaden to embrace overseas
collaboration during the European and Commonwealth months within the Dome.
London, SW1 ESEZ