HCA NEWS HCA Ambassadors appointed in Vietnam

Wednesday two of Vietnam's most famous female artists, actress Ms. Le Khanh and singer Ms. Thanh Lam, was appointed Hans Christian Andersen goodwill ambassadors by the Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Peter Lysholt Hansen.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 20 January 2005

The 2nd of April 2005 is the 200 year anniversary of the birth of the Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. The bicentenary will be celebrated throughout the world in 2005. In Vietnam the Royal Danish Embassy has planned a wide range of celebration activities, ranging from performing arts to educational projects and cultural exchange.

As part of the bicentenary celebration the Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Peter Lysholt Hansen, appointed Ms. La Khanh and Ms. Thanh Lam H.C. Andersen ambassadors at a press conference on Wednesday.

"We believe their work as artists make a positive difference in the lives of both children and adults and we consider it a great honor that they have accepted the appointment as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador", said the Ambassador.

Ms. Le Khanh and Ms. Thanh Lam stated that they are looking forward to help bring the legacy of H.C. Andersen to the people of Vietnam through their work.  

In honour of the bicentenary the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation in Denmark has appointed Hans Christian Andersen goodwill ambassadors from around the world. They will contribute to the awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Hans Christian Andersen and will also represent the humanitarian HCA-abc Foundation, established to address illiteracy world wide in the name of Hans Christian Andersen.

The Hans Christian Andersen ambassadors are famous and highly respected public figures. They include names such as Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, former president of the Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, Chilean author Isabel Allende, English actor Roger Moore, American actress Susan Sarandon, Russian ballet director Alexei Ratmansky, Danish soccer player Brian Laudrup, Brazilian soccer legend Pelé and many more.

For further information please contact: Royal Danish Embassy, Counsellor, Lars Mikkel Johannessen, Tel: (84 4) 8 231 888 or visit www.ambhanoi.um.dk/en where a list of the H.C. Andersen bicentenary celebration activities can also be found.

From right: Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Peter Lysholt Hansen, Ms. La Khanh and Ms. Thanh Lam