Andersen celebration in Mexico
On 2 April, the Mayor of Cultural Affairs of Mexico City in association with the Mexican Ministry of Cultural Affairs Department for International Relations and Children's Culture, CONACULTA, hosted a festivity for children on the square by the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) in the historic centre of Mexico City.
By on - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 08 April 2005
The celebration on Andersen's 200th birthday commenced with a parade that ended at the festivity tent and featured artists and participants dressed as characters from some of Andersen's fairytales. A covered theatre on the square also featured a gigantic five-layer birthday cake.
Andersen himself, represented by the famous Mexican actor Guillermo Henry, hosted the event and introduced the different acts.
The General Director of the International Department of CONACULTA, the Vice Mayor of Mexico City, and the Director of Children's Culture opened the festivity. On behalf of the Mexican hosts, Danish Ambassador to
Mexico, Søren Haslund, gave an account of the worldwide Andersen celebration.
In between performances of The Little Match Girl, The Tinderbox, The Nightingale and The Shepardess and the Chimney Sweep, Guillermo Henry related the life story of Andersen to the 500 children and adults present drawing on Andersen's autobiography.
All joined in when the Mexican birthday song "Las Mananitas" was sung, and the birthday cake was cut and served to the children. The festivities concluded with a choir performance, and paperback versions of Andersen's fairytales were distributed to all participating children.