20 Directors/20 Films About Paris (#226)
FILM: Homage to Paris - And a warm welcome from football mad Germany. But we begin in the city of romance and love; Paris. "Paris je t'aime" or Paris I love you is a unique film about the French capital put together by produce Claudie Ossard. It's actually 20 short films - each about 5 minutes long - and the project attracted some of the world's leading directors and actors who all jumped at the chance to show their affection for Paris.
Travel: Typically German - That looks like a great movie With all the hundreds of thousands of footbal fans here in Germany many of them want to take something back home as a reminder of their stay . Two entrepreneurs here in Berlin have opened up a "Good old Germany " souvenir shop. Not full of the usual things like beer mugs or lederhosen, but more classy, sophisticated products for the discerning buyer.
Music: House of Mozart - As this year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, his works can be heard practically every day in one concert hall or another here in Europe. The newly built House for Mozart in Salzburg has just opened and already is garnering the reputation as the best place acoustically to hear the great maestro's works.
Travel: Green Green Grass of Home - Now we come to a subject close to my heart. I've lived here in Germany for over fifteen years so there's very little that I miss about my home country, Britain. However when I go home every year one of the first things I notice is the colour of the grass. It really is so much greener than anywhere else. And the British love their lawns, spending over 150 million euros a year looking after their hallowed green turf.
Music: Twin Talents - Unlike many singers the German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt is an accomplished instrumentalist as well. In fact he actually started his professional career in the Hamburg Philharmonic as a French horn player. But he yearned for more and began to take singing lessons in his free time. Now the musicality he learned as an orchestral player has paid dividends with his singing technique.
Travel: Art on the Beach - And finally we're off to a rather unique festival that takes place on an equally special island. The Friesian islands are off the northern coasts of the Netherlands and Germany and we're going to the Dutch island of Terskelling It's here that the "Urol" festival takes place all over the island. "Urol" means everywhere in the local dialect so it all makes sense. It's the festival's 25th anniversary and we start with a band made up of 25 trombones. [26 minutes]
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