New Year’s Eve Celebration 2017

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

600 000

December 31st, 2016 – January 1st, 2017

Multimedia & pyrotechnics show

Project development: 6 months

600,000 spectators gathered on "the most beautiful avenue in the world" to see in the year 2017 under the gaze of an Arc de Triomphe decked out in the Olympic colours in a nod to Paris's candidacy to host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics in 2024.

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For the third edition of this event, the City of Paris called on Les Petits Français to design and produce the celebration to welcome in the new year by putting on a show featuring video-mapping, light and pyrotechnics and accompanied by an original soundtrack. This year, more than any other year, the City of Paris was determined not only to mark the occasion with those present at the event on the Champs-Elysées, but also to address its good wishes to each nation, while affirming its freedom to the ears and eyes of the world. The majestic show consisted of eight segments, over the course of which the Place de l’Etoile greeted the world and the metamorphoses of the Arc de Triomphe took us on a journey into the present and future of a creatively vibrant City of Light.

Mairie de Paris



Les Petits Français

Concept, show design, direction and executive production

Martin Arnaud, Artistic Director and show designer

Marilyn Kuentz, Producer

Rachel Gonidec, Projet Manager

Manon Penel, Motion designer


Original soundtrack

Philippe Villar, Composer

Pierre Caillot, Composer

Pascal Lengagne, Composer


Design and image production

François Simerey Studio

Spectre Lab, Concepteurs images

Marc Vidal


Philippe Granier


Children’s sequence shooting

Manuel Cam Studio














Groupe F, Design and pyrotechnics production

Christophe Berthonneau, Pyrotechnics Designer

Jeff Yelnik, Project Director


Technical direction & management

Alain Gaillard, Directeur technique

Damien Masset – Ico Evénements, Régisseur général


Technical services

Magnum, Technical provider

Jérôme Chupin, Director

Marc Beheuliere, Research department Director

Didier Viot/Steak, Works foreman

José Jorge, Video department Director

Richard Mahieu, Video works foreman

Fabrice Auchere, Operator

Ivan Feder, Sound engineer

Modulo PI, Media players

Adrem, Time code and Networks


Giants screens


Hernan Poblete, CEO

Jérôme Bouvier, Marketing Director



Xavier Guinchard



Paré à Viser Productions (Aerial Imagess)


Editing,  Xavier Guinchard


We would like to thank all of the 22 City of Paris schools that participated in producing drawings in the show, and also the City’s Plastic Arts teachers.