HCA NEWS DKK 20 million from the Municipality of Copenhagen

Hans Christian Andersen 2005 satisfied with a grant in the amount of DKK 20 million from the Municipality of Copenhagen.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 28 August 2003

After extensive negotiations, the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation received today a grant from the Municipality of Copenhagen in the amount of DKK 20 million for the celebration of Hans Christian Andersen's 200th birthday in 2005. 

"We have been through a long series of good discussions with the Municipality of Copenhagen, and we are satisfied with the grant from Copenhagen. Together with Odense, the capital city will play a key role in the celebration in which activities and projects are planned to take place in the streets and boulevards and by a number of our most important cultural institutions. It is our ambition that the activities in 2005 will lead to the establishment of new attractions and traditions relating to Andersen in Copenhagen. Therefore, we are relieved that the active participation of the Municipality of Copenhagen in the celebration is now a reality," says Secretary General Lars Seeberg.

In the next few weeks, a press conference will be held in Copenhagen to herald the commitment of the Municipality of Copenhagen along with a number of Copenhagen projects and productions that will be realized during 2005.

"We are very happy that the Municipality of Copenhagen will participate actively in and contribute to making the national and international celebration of our national writer just as splendid, popular and impressive as we have hoped. It is of tremendous significance that Odense and Copenhagen are standing together to give Danes and foreign tourists the best possible birthday present for this, the jubilee year," says Mayor for the Municipality of Odense and chairman of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Anker Boye.

The purpose of Hans Christian Andersen 2005 is to promote familiarity with and the image of the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen on the occasion of his 200th birthday in 2005. This will be done through a great many projects within the genres of film and television, literature, theater, opera, dance, multimedia, popular and classical music, entertainment, art, museum exhibitions, and education and tourism.

The clear goal is to provide as many people as possible, at home and abroad, children as well as adults, with a greater and more nuanced familiarity with the writer. In 2005, Hans Christian Andersen will be celebrated with major productions that will resound internationally, as well as more modest local events all over the world. The Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation was established by the Kingdom of Denmark via the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, the Municipality of Odense, the County of Funen and the Bikuben Foundation.