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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016



Andrei Bartenyev, artist

I'm building a giant cotton-wool cocoon especially for the millennium celebrations. It's going to be two meters long, with metal scaffolding inside. That's where I intend to greet the millennium. When I finish building it on New Year's Eve, I'll get right inside and the enormous cocoon — with me inside — will be hung from the five-meter-high ceiling of my Moscow studio. From the cocoon, I'll greet my guests — somewhere between 80 and 100 close friends. They'll dance with their hands held to the cocoon, and I'll swing to the rhythm of African music. I'll probably sleep a bit inside the cocoon later on that night. And I'll emerge from it only on the first day of 2001."




Lika, pop star

"I celebrated last New Year's Eve in Moscow like a real patriot, and I was happy about that. But, this year, I haven't been abroad at all, and I feel terribly isolated from the rest of the world. That's why I plan to spend the last night of the millennium in a place where I've never been — Amsterdam. All my friends have been telling me that I ought to visit the city, with its incredibly free, international atmosphere. So, on Dec. 31, my family and I will drink champagne and go out in Amsterdam, in search of adventure."




Igor Chapurin, designer

"For me, the [first year of] the millennium will be a year of great changes — in history and in fashion. I'll greet the new year with close friends in Brazil, a country I've always dreamed of visiting. I've always associated the New Year with exclusively Russian traditions: the cold, the snow and a yolka, or Christmas tree. This will be the first time I'll celebrate New Year's in a warm country, and I hope it'll be incredible. I'm looking forward to experiencing the difference between a cold New Year's Eve and a warm New Year's Eve. My plan is to to rent a house on an ocean beach with friends. And, on New Year's Eve, we'll go swimming in the ocean, sit on the beach and build grandiose plans for the future."




Inna Papernaya, co-owner of the Chinese Pilot Dzhao Da club

"As you probably know, I'm close to my son, [Chinese Pilot co-owner and leader of the Paperny Tam band] Alexei Paperny. In the first place, because I gave birth to him and, in the second place, because we thought up the Chinese Pilot club together. So, of course, on New Year's Eve, we'll be there, at the Chinese Pilot's Caribbean party (see page III). And I think a lot of good people will be there, too. That's inevitable. Despite that I have a lot of choices of what to do that night — invitations, etc. — there really is no alternative to the club for us. Of course, if I could choose, I'd fly to the real Caribbean, but that's obvious."




Dmitry Spirin, aka Sid, leader of the punk band Tarakany, or Cockroaches

"I don't really know yet. We're renovating my apartment now, so we can't do anything there. And we're not playing any concerts that night, so I won't be working. Maybe I'll go to one of the clubs where I've got membership — maybe Svalka or another club like it. Or maybe I'll just leave town for the suburbs, where I'll spend three or four days either at a friend's dacha or at some cheap hotel. Nothing original at all, really."




Olga Sviblova, director of the Moscow House of Photography

"I plan to greet the New Year and the new millennium in a floating house in the Camargue, in the company of wild animals and my French husband, Olivier Morane. The Camargue is a wilderness preserve located in the south of France — it's an expanse of swamplands where wild ducks, herons and even flamingos make their home. The biggest problem one faces there is trying not to run over all of the rabbits crossing the roads. I'll spend New Year's Eve completely removed from civilization. We'll decorate the tree, then catch some fish for our dinner — all without leaving the preserve. On the next morning, we'll drive to our neighbors' homes — they're friends of ours. A great number of French gallery owners and photographers, including legend Henry Cartier Bresson live in the Camargue."


Igor Vernik, entertainer

"I have four choices of where to greet the new millennium. The first is to spend New Year's eve in the mountains, at a ski resort in France, either in Chamonix or Courchevel. I wouldn't be standing, of course, right on the mountain at midnight, but I would certainly go out into the fresh air and run on the crunchy snow. The only thing keeping me from choosing the mountains is that my 1-year-old son is too young for such a trip. So, the second option is to greet the New Year with my family in Moscow. The third is to stay in Russia, but go to a village not far from the city and spend New Year's Eve in a typical dacha atmosphere. But all three options are easy to cancel — because of my job as an entertainer, I could, at any moment, be invited to host a New Year's Eve party at a club. If I agree to something like this, my family will greet the New Year seated at the club's tables, enjoying the show."