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Episode #219

MUSIC: SWEDEN'S SOPHIE ZELMANI - She's the latest pop sensation to come out of Sweden but, Sophie Zelmani has a much softer presence than an Abba or Ace of Bace. Quiet and introspective, she's been beguiling listeners at home for a decade now with minimalist country-pop style. Prior to the release of album number six we managed to catch the publicity shy star on tour in Germany.

ART: MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING BERLIN - He's the guy who brought us Monty Python's Flying Circus - so we know he has a penchant for the eccentric and off- beat; but after years in the film business, British director Terry Gilliam has decided to try his hand at something new. Anyone who comes to Berlin can even be a part of it, as his project "Past People of Potsdamer Platz" integrates Berlin passersby into an original art installation that's on display until June 8th.

ARCHITECTURE: THE DUTCH WAY - And from large scale installation art it's only a small jump to architecture: Dutch architecture in fact, which is world famous for its cool functionality and clever use of space. Names like Rem Koolhaas or Ben van Berkel, are among those who set the standard - and coming along behind the veterans are younger names like Rob Wagemans - creator of some of Amsterdam's hippest and hottest spots.

SCULPTURE: EDUARDO CHILLIDA - One of the biggest names in Basque culture is that of sculptor Eduardo Chillid#, who is also one of the most important European sculptors of the last century. Born in San Sebastian in 1924, Chillida's career took off in the mid-50s in Paris and Madrid - whatever the material he used, Chillida explored deeply the nature of dimension on all levels - and he continues to be a great inspiration to other artists.

FILM: BOLLYWOOD IN EUROPE - Millions of movie-goers love Bollywood films - that's Bombay, India's version of Hollywood, only flashier and much more fun. But the exotic appeal of the Bollywood style has gone far beyond the cinema to become a form of entertainment unto itself. All over Europe in places like London and Paris, Indian style parties are all the rage. Meanwhile the sensual sounds, colours and mango lassis have also caught on here in Germany, where Bollywood beats are spicing up the night life.

FOOD: CATERING TO THE RICH AND FAMOUS - And finally, their name alone has star quality, but the Boxy Brothers also know how to deliver a top notch product. The Belgian twin brothers run the nation's most exclusive catering company - and from royalty to rock stars to they are the best address for fine food to feed large numbers. And not only does it taste good, it's stylishly presented and that's because these guys can't do anything without style. [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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