The Queen to preside over HCA2005 launch in Japan
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II to preside over the presentation of the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary in Japan.
By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 03 November 2004
The Japanese contribution to the worldwide celebration of the 2005 Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary as well as the Japanese Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors will be presented at a press launch at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Tokyo on Wednesday 17 November at 11:30 am.
The press launch will be hosted by the Royal Danish Embassy in association with the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation in connection with the state visit of Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II and HRH Prince Henrik to Japan. As patron of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Her Majesty the Queen will preside over the event.
At the press launch, Secretary General of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation, Lars Seeberg, will present the artistic events scheduled in Japan related to the Andersen bicentenary. In addition, the Danish Ambassador to Japan, Poul Hoiness, will appoint eight Japanese public figures as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors.
The Japanese Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors are to promote the wider awareness and appreciation of Hans Christian Andersen in Japan and the rest of the world. Furthermore, they are to represent the HCA-abc Foundation, which is a humanitarian foundation established to address illiteracy worldwide in the name of Hans Christian Andersen.
At the ceremony, the Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors will receive the official Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary pin and the official Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary diploma designed for Rosendahl by the Danish designer Lin Utzon, who will be present at the press launch.
Several of the newly appointed Japanese Hans Christian Andersen Ambassadors will perform readings of some of Andersen's fairytales in Japanese and the Tivoli Gardens Pantomime Theatre will perform excerpts from the Hans Christian Andersen performance Kærlighed i Skarnkassen. The set and costume design has been created by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe.