City sets events to mark millennium

BERLIN -- One of the major events in the city during 2000 will be the 10th anniversary of German reunification on Oct. 3, and Berlin is planning a massive German National Day festival, including a large parade.

Another millennium-year special event will be an exhibition called "Seven Hills -- Images and Signs of the 21st Century," a projection of what the future might be like; it will be presented in Berlin's Martin Gropius Building from May 14 through Nov. 5.

Berlin's Castle of Charlottenberg. And Berlin's newest tourist attraction, scheduled to debut in mid-2000, is the Marlene Dietrich Museum, located in the new Sony Center at the Potsdamer Platz, which will be open to the public by then.

The museum will be the focal point of a special 2001 promotion celebrating Dietrich's 100th birthday, Hanns Peter Nerger said, Berlin Tourism Marketing's president.

Classical music is a primary attraction for visitors to Berlin, and the city will observe the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach with a special Bach Week concert series March 17 to 26, at the Konzerthaus Berlin, as well as its annual Mozart Festival, scheduled for June 9 to 12, with concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic.

Berlin has also become famous for what may be Europe's biggest annual youth event, a diverse youth festival called the Love Parade, tentatively slated for July 8.

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