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For some mood-enhancing therapy during these dark winter months, you could do worse than spend a few hours soaking up the vivid shades displayed in Verner Panton: The Light and the Colour, the largest exhibition of the late Danish architect and designer's work ever mounted. Designed and installed by Panton himself (below) just before he died, the show is divided into eight sections, each painted in a colour drawn from Panton's own colour system, which included the six primary and secondary colours, plus magenta and turquoise. An influential exponent of the avant-garde since the 1950s, Panton's work embraced light, colour and furniture design, as well as interior design, textiles and exhibition projects, his experiments with new materials leading to the piece he is perhaps most famous for: the 1960 "Panton" chair, the first fully synthetic injection-moulded, stackable chair. This show is a luscious finale to an intriguing career.


Aeblehaven 23, Kolding,

Denmark (00 45 7554 2422) to 24 Jan 1999, DKr30-40


To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the artist's birth, Philadelphia Museum of Art is staging the exhibition Delacroix: The Late Work, the only American venue to do so. The show explores the final years of the French painter, who, although considered the last "Old Master" was also instrumental in establishing the French Romantic movement of the early 1800s. The 70 paintings and 40 works on paper here are arranged into six categories: animals, allegory and mythology, flowers and landscapes, literary illustrations, scenes of North Africa, and religion - this latter category reflecting the irony that Delacroix, a confessed sceptic of organised religion, came to be recognised as one of the great religious painters of the last century.

Museum of Art, 26th St and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, USA (00 1 215 763 8100) to 3 Jan 1999


Created in 1989 by Benoit Thiebergien, the 38emes Rugissants festival is a celebration of music, during which the main musical movements of the 20th century are explored in discussions, exhibitions and performances. A major theme of the festival is breaking down barriers, and, to this end, dance, theatre, film and other branches of the arts are brought into the fray. This year's edition focuses on directed music, music and visuals, and music and the City.

Various venues, Grenoble, France (00 33 4 7651 1292) to Sat 5 Dec, Ff40- Ff120


Strasbourg's Christmas celebrations follow a tradition that goes back four centuries - the centrepiece of which is undoubtedly the famous "Christkindelmarik" or Christmas Market. As well as the usual events such as boat trips and ice-skating, Strasbourg always pays tribute to a country that has retained its Christmas traditions; this year the Baltic states are honoured.

Strasbourg, France (00 33 3 8852 2828) to Thur 31 Dec