HCA NEWS Nanna Ditzel and Hans Christian Andersen in Rome

Hans Christian Andersen was presented to the Italians hand in hand with Danish filmmaker Lars Von Trier - an event wrapped in Danish design.

By Camilla Jensen - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 15 March 2004

From 11 February to 7 March, the new exhibition venue in Rome, Parco della Musica, featured a Scandinavian festival where Hans Christian Andersen will took centre stage.

Two festival days featured Hans Christian Andersen presentations - one day targeting adults, the next especially for children. The Italian translator Bruno Berni presented Andersen for adults. He holds an MA in Danish and has translated books by Danish writer Peter Høeg, among others.

Last year, he published a translation of Hans Christian Andersen's collected fairytales, which is one among many reasons why Bruno Berni is to receive the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Award in Andersen's hometown Odense. Bruno Berni's presentation was followed by a reading by the Italian writer and Andersen expert Vincenzo Cerami, who entertained excerpts of "Little Claus and Big Claus".

The children's Andersen day was hosted by Italian actor Gigi Proietti, who entertained readings and gave a very captivating rendition of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' Fairytales and Danish Design Andersen's fairytales also featured throughout the auditorium during the rest of the festival month, where Italian school children enjoyed access to children's areas with furniture designed by Danish designer Nanna Ditzel.

Apart from being playing grounds, the children's areas also hosted small fairytale performances. Denmark was not only represented by Hans Christian Andersen and Nanna Ditzel but also by filmmaker Lars von Trier, whose recent film 'Dogville' as well as other of his films were presented to the Italian audience.

The Italian public was given ample opportunity to gain variegated insight into Denmark - from Hans Christian Andersen to Lars von Trier.