HCA NEWS Crown Prince will appoint British HCA Ambassadors

HRH Crown Prince Frederik will appoint British Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors at a grand presentation of the 2005 Andersen bicentenary in London on 15 September 2004.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 04 August 2004

The British contribution to the 2005 worldwide celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen is to be unveiled at a major presentation at the British Library Pearson Galleries in London.

The event, set to take place on 15 September 2005, will be presided over by HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. The exhibition, sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, is set to become one of the greatest Andersen exhibitions to be held outside Denmark during the bicentenary year.

The presentation will also be attended by director of the British Library Lynne Brindley and chief curator of the Hans Christian Andersen exhibition Dr. Kristian Jensen, the British Library. As representatives of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Secretary General Lars Seeberg and Director of Public Affairs Christian Have will also be present.

At the presentation, HRH Crown Prince Frederik will appoint seven British Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors, who are to promote the wider appreciation and awareness of Hans Christian Andersen in Britain.

The British Andersen Ambassadors are:

- Journalist, writer and TV host Sir David Frost, BBC

- Actor Sir Derek Jacobi

- Writer Michael Morpurgo, "Children's Laureate"

- Writer Dame Antonia S. Byatt

- TV host and writer Sandi Toksvig

- Writer and literary scholar Jackie Wullschlager

- Actress Elizabeth Hurley

Secretary General Lars Seeberg of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation states:

"Britain has from the very beginning been a key nation in relation to the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary. Therefore, we are very proud and pleased that seven prominent Britons have agreed to become Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors. These seven very different people are all highly esteemed within their field, and I have no doubt that their commitment to the bicentenary celebration will have a major impact on the wider appreciation of Hans Christian Andersen in Britain."