• Posted:Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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Love 2010 in Venice

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Love 2010 in Venice
Calling all New Year's Eve revellers! If you've not made any plans - or indeed, even if you have - I suggest you call them off immediately so that you can book a room in a hostel in Venice and take part in the country's new way of counting down the clock to the coming year.

Make sure that you're standing in Saint Mark's Square on December 31st at approximately five to midnight and seal the end of 2009 with a big, fat communal kiss. Imagine thousands of people locking lips at the same time - doesn't that sound magical?

And that's not all that's going on at this time. The event starts off at 22:00 local time, with music from special guest star Principe Maurice, who invented a new form of performance art that includes the use of contact lenses and special costumes. Ska-J is also going to be in attendance, a group that plays afro-Jamaican jazz and involves saxophones, guitar, bass, drums, trombone and voice.

After that and the collective smooch, there's Bellini toast for all at 23:00 local time, followed by a fantastic fireworks display at 00:15 local time. By half past, the square itself is turned into a massive, makeshift dancefloor with tunes provided by DJ Maci.

I think it sounds wicked. Much better than the traditional house party, at any rate, although I believe I have unfortunately committed myself to one of these already, so will not be able to attend this amazing Venice gig.

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