HCA NEWS Events around the world opening this weekend

In the following you will find a selection of HCA2005-supported events opening different places around the world this weekend.

By awk - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 30 March 2005

Friday 1 April

The Academy of Art at Universidad de la Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain)
Exhibition on Hans Christian Andersen (Andersen cruz el Atlántico. Larga travesía de un Bello Cuento. 1805-2005)
The Academy of Art at the University of La Laguna in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the Canary Islands) has initiated an exhibition featuring new illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales. All illustrations are by former or present students of the academy on the island. The exhibition is devised as a touring exhibition and will be featured at different venues on the Canary Islands. The exhibition will be inaugurated at the art museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 1 April and will be on display here until 15 April.

The Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Australia)
Project Manager: Marianne Taylor.
The Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation has (via the Hans Christian Andersen Children's Theatre Festival) sponsored the theatre's production entitled "The Garden of Paradise", which is based on Andersen's tale by the same name. It will be featured at the Tasmanian festival "Ten Days on the Island". Different kinds of marionette theatre are employed in the performance, including shadow play performed in a model theatre. The director is the internationally acclaimed puppet-maker Richard Bradshaw. The performance will be staged 1 - 4 April 2005.

The Polar Publishers (Hungary)
Translator Judit Kertesz will translate Andersen as part of a new anthology, which will present the storyteller in a Hungarian context. The anthology, which will be published on Friday in connection with a book fair in Budapest, includes "The Shadow", "The Dryad", "Auntie Toothache", "A Poet's Bazaar", "Donau-Fart" (Sailing on the Danube), and "Liszt" as well as excerpts from "Levnedsbogen" and "The Fairytale of my Life".

KBBY  (South Korea)
Project Manager: Tae Lyon Kim.
"The Book Island Festival for Children 2005". The Korean Association for the New Generations (KBBY) was established in 1981 and aims at improving children's welfare and promoting education. A number of small exhibitions and other activities, such as Andersen readings, have been scheduled for the festival held at 'The Fairytale Island' at the Nami Island theme park. In addition, three nationwide Andersen competitions for the young will be hosted by the KBBY from 1 April to 9 July 2005. Among the competitions are essay, music and painting competitions.

The Society for the Publication of Danish Music/ Edition Samfundet
Project Manager: Else Torp.
Never before have so many new classical works from Denmark been performed so widely throughout the world. This happens in connection with the Andersen bicentenary where the Symphonic Fairytales project is to feature as the principal bicentennial classical music project. Several leading symphony orchestras on four continents will perform 10 new works based on a tale or poem by Hans Christian Andersen created by Danish composers. Most of the world premiers will be held at family concerts worldwide throughout the Andersen bicentenary, 2 April - 6 December 2005.

The unique works have been commissioned by the Society for Publication of Danish Music, which launched the project in 2000 with a grant from the Danish Ministry of Culture. Symphonic Fairytales is today sponsored by the HCA 2005 Foundation and developed in collaboration with the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Secretariat, represented by Secretary General Lars Seeberg.
Both Danish and international composers have throughout time found music in the texts by Hans Christian Andersen - among the most known composers are Robert Schumann, Alexander Zemlinski, Arthur Honegger and Igor Stravinski.
With Symphonic Fairytales, the Society for the Publication of Danish Music builds on this established musical tradition, which - true to the spirit of the storyteller himself - unites both children and adults alike in the concert experience. The Andersen texts were selected in association with the composers themselves and are set to music within four genres: The Tone Poem, which is purely instrumental, The Orchestral Lied, which engages vocal soloist, The Read Tale, featuring a narrator, and The Integrated Work where children actively participate in the performance.

This Friday the following concerts will take place:

TV and radio broadcast
RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Madrid, Spain
Chief Conductor: Adrian Leaper
Svend Hvidtfelt Nielsen: "Thumbelina" - World premiere

Deutsches Haus in Flensburg, Germany
South Jutland Symphony Orchestra, Denmark
Conductor Justin Brown
Jesper Koch "The Snow Queen" - World Premiere

Saturday 2 April

The Anaya Publishing House (Spain)
The Spanish publishing house Anaya will publish a book series entitled "Seies premios nacionales ilustran a Andersen". The six Spanish award-winning illustrators Pablo Amargo, Montse Ginesta, Luis de Horna, Max, Isidro Ferrer and Gusti will illustrate the fairytales "The Sweet Hearts", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Snow Man", "The Jumpers", "Children's Prattle", and "Clumsy Hans". The six books will be published in a box set on Saturday 2 April 2005.

The Zagreb Public Library Service (Croatia)
Project Manager: MA Ranka Javor, Director of the Croatian Centre for Children's Literature.
"Good Day, Mr. Andersen". The Zagreb Public Library Service, the Croatian Centre for Children's Literature and a host of other institutions have scheduled activities for all age groups throughout 2005.
Earlier this year the international touring exhibition developed by the Odense City Museums featured at the National and University Library of Zagreb. The touring exhibition was followed by an art exhibition with original Andersen illustrations by internationally acclaimed Croatian illustrators.
On the bicentennial anniversary of Andersen's birth this saturday Andersen will be celebrated with a performance of "The Little Mermaid" at the Zagreb Puppet Theatre followed by an award ceremony for Best Essay and Best Illustration entered by children from all over Croatia. Furthermore, the new Croatian Andersen translation will be presented by the publishing house Mozaik knijga. The new edition of Andersen's fairytales will be illustrated by the Croatian illustrators Svjetlan Junakovic and Dubravka Kolanovic. The event with the exception of the award ceremony will be repeated at the international children's festival in Sibenik in June/July.
The entire project will be followed by Croatian media, such as newspapers, weekly magazines, radio and TV

The Swiss Fairytale Society (Switzerland)
The Swiss Fairytale Society, Schweizerische Märchengesellschaft, will host a one-day conference on Andersen on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth, 2 April. The conference features lectures, readings and performances of excerpts from Andersen's singspiel ballads "A Village Story" and "Agnete and the Merman" by members of the ensemble Opera Sacra. The event will take place Saturday at the chamber music hall at Kongresshaus Zürich, 10:15 am - 5:15 pm.

The Society for the Publication of Danish Music/ Edition Samfundet
Ho Chi Minh Ballet and Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam
Narrator Le Khanh
Sven Erik Werner "Truyên tho hài"

Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
Fuzzy "The Travelling Companion" - 1st Icelandic Performance
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, UK
Conductor Rumon Gamba
Per Nørgård "The Will'o the Wisps go to Town" - World Premiere

Sunday 3 April

The Society for the Publication of Danish Music/ Edition Samfundet
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, UK
Conductor Rumon Gamba
Per Nørgård "The Will'o the Wisps go to Town" - World Premiere

Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, Poland
Sven Erik Werner "The most incredible Thing" - 1st Polish Performance
Conductor Lukasz Borowicz
Narrator Dariusz Jakubowski