DANISH CITY INITIATIVES

Financially Supported by HCA2005

Cultural Harbour (Kulturhavn)
Project Manager: Nanna Sørensen.
Over the last four years, the Copenhagen Harbour Festival, Cultural Harbour, has established itself as the largest harbour festival in the nation, featuring 120 free activities and an attendance of more than 100,000 visitors during the summer festival of 2004. Cultural Harbour will mark the Andersen bicentenary with a huge open-air Andersen performance - a musical version of "The Little Mermaid", which will premiere during the summer of 2005 and will be performed on a 1450 m2 floating stage in Copenhagen Harbour.
The cast has been selected at large auditions open to all citizens hosted at the Copenhagen Town Hall. The performance has, however, been created by professionals, including Danish composer Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, director Per Sohl, dramatist Niels Brunse and choreographer Birgitte Næss-Schmidt. The cast features 100 dancers, 300 choristers and 250 extras. Close cooperation has been established with evening-class tuition centres where cast members undergo training in the run-up to the premiere on 4 august 2005. Last performance will be on 7 August.
www.kulturhavn.dk/havfruen

The College of Fashion and Design, Odense
"Fairytale Gown of the Year". The international design competition, which is hosted by the College of Fashion and Design in Odense, will feature 16 contenders selected from around the world. During July 2005, the college offers studio space and materials to facilitate the creation of the gowns. Following the competition finals on 23 September 2005 hosted at the Odense Town Hall Banquet Hall, the gowns will be exhibited at the Funen Museum of Art from 20 September to 30 October before being auctioned to raise funds for next year's competition.
www.bekl.dk

Elmuseet
"H.C. Andersen møder Ørsted" (Hans Christian Andersen meets Ørsted). The Museum for Electro-physics, Technology and Cultural History in Bjerringbro (Elmuseet) will host a series of public lectures (in Danish) on Andersen's relationship with science. The lecture programme:
Jens Andersen: "H.C. Andersens liv og værker" (Andersen's life and work)
Jan Rindom: "H.C. Andersen og maskinerne" (Andersen and the machines)
Keld Nielsen: "H.C. Andersen og H.C. Ørsted" (Andersen and Ørsted)
Jørgen Glud: "I H.C. Andersens hjulspor - ekskursion mellem Ammeltoft og Hjermind" (Following in the tracks of Andersen - a journey between Ammeltoft and Hjermind). Exhibitions of paintings and sculptures by local artists are also planned.
19 March - 17 April 2005.
www.elmus.dk

The Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk
Project Manager: Jan Kierulf
"At rejse er at leve - i H.C. Andersens fodspor". (To Travel is to Live - in Andersen's Footsteps). The project seeks to convey and visualise Hans Christian Andersen?s love of travel and his travel descriptions combined with the issues of tolerance and self-esteem in relation to Andersen's ego, open-mindedness, and religion. The open-air heritage museum Frilandsmuseet will feature six animated tableaux representing six of Andersen's travel experiences.
Imagine standing in front of the main entrance to the museum with an Andersen ticket. Greeting you will be a festive 18th-century tour guide in a horse-drawn carriage. As you enter, you are met by the six Hans Christian Andersen tableaux, or dramatic scenes, presented in period settings by professional actors, narrators, dancers and local children and members of associations and organisations from the Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk.
Danish writers Martin Miehe Renard, Thorstein Thomsen and Kåre Bluitgen have created the six dramatisations, which are to be developed as tableaux at the open-air heritage museum. The journey in Andersen's footsteps will take approx. 2 hours. Educational material will be provided in association with the Danish Centre for Children's Literature. Performance period: 6 - 26 June 2005 at Frilandsmuseet, Lyngby.
http://www.sollerod.dk/document.asp?page=document&objno=56620

Odense City Library
"H.C. Andersen tapetet" (The Hans Christian Andersen Tapestry). Andersen's life and work will be depicted in a modern version of the Bayeaux Tapestry. With paint, fabric collage, prints and embroidery children and young people will illustrate the most important events in the life of Hans Christian Andersen as well as some of his fairytales. The tapestry will be exhibited in the different participating towns.
www.odensebib.dk  

Hvidovre Public Library
"I Hvidovre læser vi H.C. Andersen". (In Hvidovre we read Hans Christian Andersen). In the multicultural, suburban municipality of Hvidovre, a free newspaper supplement in Danish, English and Turkish will be distributed to reach all 50,000 citizens. The initiative will be followed up by public lectures, readings, etc.
www.hvidovrebib.dk


Logo Cooperations

Kulturstaldene, Halmtorvet
The cultural centre Kulturstaldene in Copenhagen will host a funky and down-to-earth celebration of the Andersen bicentenary during the last three weeks of August 2005. The event will include dance, music, exhibitions, films and public lectures. The highlight of the event will be the exhibition "200 Eventyrlige Kunstnere" (200 Enchanted Artists) where 200 international artists offer their own Andersen story. The festival will begin on 15 August.
www.kulturstaldene.dk

Fredericia Public Library
Project Manager: Anna Margrethe Nygaard.
The Fredericia Public Library will host a wide range of Hans Christian Andersen events during the winter/spring of 2005. Author's evenings, music, films, children's theatre. During the first four months of 2005, the library will moreover feature a Hans Christian Andersen exhibition.
www.fredericiabib.dk

Morsø Public Library
Project Manager: Connie Boll Christensen
Morsø Public Library has in association with Kulturelt Samvirke agreed to coordinate and initiate a number of events on the island of Mors related to the Andersen bicentenary.
The events will be publicised on the official library website www.bibliotekmorsoe.dk and the local news portal www.mors.dk.