HCA NEWS Flemish school children in Hans Christian Andersen contest

A hundred Flemish fifth form classes are busy making artworks based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. The class with the best work will win a trip to the writer's home town of Odense.

By Fie Sandfeld - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 22 October 2002

In Flanders, hundreds of school children are learning about Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, his life and his work.  School classes are competing to make the best work of art based on one of his fairy tales.

Each class has received a trunk with three of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales: "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Flying Trunk".  In addition, the trunk contains the competition rules, a book on Hans Christian Andersen's life, and background material on the author and Denmark.  Together with their teachers, they will study the material and then decide on a way to illustrate one of the fairy tales.

The class may freely choose the form of the work of art - it may be anything from paper cutouts to collages to a book....
The idea is to get children to try to think as creatively as Hans Christian Andersen himself, when they take on the task.

By 1 February 2003, the classes must have submitted their works of art to a jury in Odense. The jury will evaluate the works and place particular weight on creativity, ingenuity and originality.
The class selected will win a three-day trip to Odense in April 2003 to see the town where Hans Christian Andersen grew up.

The competition is arranged by the Danish Tourist Board Benelux, HCA2005, Fyntour and the Danish Cultural Institute Benelux.