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An Actor's Canvas (#220)

Painting: An Actors Canvas - Armin Muller Stahl is one of few German actors who has also had a successful career in Hollywood. And he is a man of many other talents too. He's an accomplished violinist, he writes books, and now he's also rapidly gaining a reputation as a serious painter. The latest exhibition of his work is called "Venice - an American Diary". It got rave reviews when it premiered in Los Angeles, then it went on to Rome and now it's just opened in Dresden.

Design: The perfect sphere for the CUP - The footballs that will be used for the world cup matches here in Germany this summer have been specially designed by the sports equipment firm Adidas. In charge of the team of experts who have worked for years to produce the perfect sphere for the beautiful game was a woman, Barbara Heinrich.

Culture: Blossoming in the East - The fall of communism here in Europe has brought about a lot of change in many of the countries that were behind the so called Iron Curtain. There has been an opening up to other cultures and a blossoming of the country's own culture that had mostly been suppressed. In the Romanian capital Bucharest a growing contemporary art scene is currently emerging. Artists tend to meet up in private homes, not because of any fear of the authorities but because of the lack of public places.

Art: Lighting up Art - To another art scene now in London where Paul Cocksedge has emerged as one of Britain's most innovative and prolific designers since graduating from the Royal College of Art there four years ago. He specialises in using light in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways and is particularly fond of inventing things that make you think twice. Take a look and see if you can figure out how he does it.

Music: Klaus Doldinger at 70 - The famous German jazz musician Klaus Doldinger has just celebrated his 70th birthday. He's been playing the saxophone and composing music for over half a century and has been touring for just as long. Even Doldinger himself is not sure how many albums he's made but he's always looking forward and says the new one's the best yet.

Public Art: Knitting the Reichstag - The artist Christo is famous for wrapping buildings. Annette Streyl is making a name for herself by knitting buildings. Christo wrapped the Reichstag - the German parliament building - Annette Streyl has knitted it. And for the first time her knitting collection has been brought together and is now on display in an exhibition in Hamburg. [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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