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A Cultural Celebration of the Auto (#205)

CULTURE: Dancing to the World Cup - Despite the ice and snow and frosty temperatures that are par for the course right now - Germany is warming up to the prospect of a summer characterised by football, football and more football! The 2006 World Cup is only five months away, and in the run-up to the main event organisers have planned a cultural extravaganza to get people excited about the sport on every level of consciousness. You don't need to know football to enjoy these events either: for instance, a dance performance by brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker where football takes centre stage -which premiered in Hamburg this past week.

POPULAR CULTURE: Saturday Night Fever Redux - And good news for all you eighties children: those of you who used to get down in front of the mirror to the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever may already have noticed that disco has made a convincing comeback in clubs across the continent. From London to Berlin to Paris, disco beats recycled with 21st century technology are all the rage on the dance floor, and we met up with a pair of Norwegian DJs who put their own spin on one-time disco hits.

ADVENTURE: Freeriding Snowboarding - And next up we meet the cliffhanger personified: Alex Coudray. He's one of the world's top professional freeride snowboarders, and his usual habitat is the snowy peaks, cliffs and sheer drops in the mountains of his native Switzerland. He says the word freeride doesn't just refer to a sporting discipline, but also to a way of life: quality before quantity and living by listening to your heart. That's surely the only way to do what he does.

HOME: Hand Painted Wallpaper - Wallpaper as such hasn't had much of a reputation in recent years, but thanks to one atelier here in Berlin it's rapidly gaining in status. The Manufaktur fur Wandunikate creates exclusive hand-painted wallpapers, many of which are based on historical designs. And a visit to their studio will change your opinion of weary old wallpaper for good.

FASHION: Hairstylist Odile Gilbert - Haute Couture was the order of the day earlier in the week in Paris, as the creme de la creme of the designer guild showed off their latest creations: typically elaborate to even unwearable, haute couture outfits are highly detailed one-of-a-kind pieces where everything has to sit perfectly. And for a truly new look, hairstyle is no small part of the equation. That's where Odile Gilbert comes in.

ART: A Passion for Autos - "Ode to a BMW" could be the subtitle of a charming new exhibition in the German city of Kassel. The Auto-Nom-Mobile exhibition looks at cars from a number of different perspectives, as toy, muse, or even canvas. Cars are different things for different people, and from deconstruction to avant garde sculpture this display is at the very least, thought-provoking. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: DW-TV's euromaxx provides an insight into the cultural side of Europe and the people who live there with colorful stories that reflect the rich variety of cultural life in Europe. From architecture and design to pop culture and fashion, euromaxx explores the region's new trends as well as its old traditions. euromaxx is as multi-facetted as Europe itself: an entertaining kaleidoscope of people, places and lifestyle. Each half-hour is packed with features focused on the latest in music, movies, fashion, food and travel. euromaxx always has a fresh take on today's culture - it's what's happening today and this week. It's topical, relevant, and as fresh as this week's Sunday newspaper.

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