HCA NEWS Hans Christian Andersen as children's theater

The Danish fairytale writer is to be the spearhead for a language offensive in the borderland between Denmark and Germany.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 20 January 2004

The Language Association of Southern Jutland will be mounting an offensive on behalf of the Danish language in the borderland between Schleswig and Holstein, spearheaded by Hans Christian Andersen.

According to the newspaper Flensborg Avis, the Language Association is looking for people who have a knack for writing children's drama with an eye towards dramatizing some of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales in a form suitable for children between the ages of five and eight.

The watchword for the compilation of dramas is "Danish words on Danish tongues." Three to five of the best pieces to emerge from the effort will be printed in a small book, published by the Language Association. The book will be directed primarily to Danish schools and institutions in Northern and Southern Schleswig.

"We would like to provide kindergarten groups and very young school-age children with a set of materials that will inspire dramatic activities with the universe of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales as the starting point and inspiration," says Ove Nissen, who is chairperson for the Language Association and a member of its Hans Christian Andersen committee.

Everyone who submits a piece to the Language Association will receive a book.