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In Toulouse, France: A Spring Festival In September (#240)

Festivals: Printemps de September - Spring in September festival in Toulouse - Welcome to our highlights of the week... One of which is still happening in the beautiful French city of Toulouse! They're putting some spring into their fall step with the annual art festival "Printemps de Septembre." For five years now the festival has attracted top notch artists and enchanted visitors with a lively mix of visual arts and performance. Nicknamed "la ville rose" because of it's lovely rose-coloured brick buildings, Toulouse on the Garonne river makes a perfect backdrop - and the festival runs until October 15th.

Music: James Last - He's been around for decades, but I'm not the only one to suspect that we haven't heard the last of James Last. In fact, although he's tried to wrap things up with a farewell tour on several occasions already, the king of easy listening just can't seem to quiet down. This month, at 77, he's embarking on "The Last Tour" -which he swears will be his stage farewell. A new biography has also just hit the shelves in Germany - giving fans the inside story on their favourite Happy Music man.

Travel: Berlin A to Z - This next piece is about an experiment in two parts: the first is an exhibition, and the second is a travel guide of the same name for the rather more demanding tourist - the hitch is so far it's only available for tourists from Japan and Korea! "Berlin A to Z" was put together by a bunch of creative thinkers who know parts of the city that traditional tour guides won't - and upon trying it out we discovered that even locals could be sure to find something new!

Movies: Sarah Biasini - It was 21 years after the tragic death of her mother, Austrian screen legend Romy Schneider, that Sarah Biasini decided to venture into acting herself. In 2003 she landed her first leading role for French television - since then she's made appearances on theatre stages in London and Paris. Now her career is rolling and she's filming for the first time in Vienna - the city where both her mother and grandmother made their names. Needless to say her sojourn there was big news.

Books: British author Terry Pratchett - British author Terry Pratchett doesn't place much stake in reality, and after thirty years of writing successful fantasy novels, he doesn't really need to. Best known for his Discworld series, Pratchett is a regular on the bestseller lists all over the world - his latest novel "Thud" is now out in paperback and we met up with him at home in Wiltshire to gain some insight into why he writes the way he does.

Design: Furniture creator Moroso - If you're into designer furniture then chances are you're familiar with the name Moroso. One of the great labels in high-end Italian furniture, Moroso stands for a meeting of art and design, and that's thanks to the firm's art director Patrizia Moroso, who wants nothing to do with traditional marketing and advertising. Instead she relies on gut feeling and her desire to create products with soul. It's a strategy that works - and we met up with her in the northern Italian city of Udine. [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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