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Advent Calendars Yesterday and Today (#649)

Ice Sculpture Festival in Maastricht - Some 50 artists from all over the world prepare for the opening of the winter 2010 ice sculpture festival in the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The festival is dedicated to a famous hometown son from Maastricht: violinist Andre Rieu.

Typographer and Designer Erik Spiekermann - Legendary German typeface designer Erik Spiekermann teaches us to look at the urban environment in a new and fascinating way.

Advent Calendars, From Traditional To Deluxe - Advent calendars are a tradition which became popular in Germany about a century ago as a way of marking the countdown to Christmas. Many models feature a picture or a chocolate treat behind the door to be opened each day, but some designers have come up with more extravagant versions.

Top Chef Tim Raue - Berlin chef Tim Raue has cooked for some of the German capital's finest restaurants. Now he has opened his own establishment called Restaurant Tim Raue. It's located in Berlin's multicultural Kreuzberg district and has already been awarded a Michelin star.

City: Brescia - The northern Italian city of Brescia is often overshadowed by some of its more famous neighbours, but visitors who come and take a look around are rewarded with rich architectural diversity, top Italian design shops and regional culinary specialties. [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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