Gilberto Gil appointed HCA Ambassador :
At 2:30 p.m. (Central European Time) Friday 9 July, Danish Minister for Culture Brian Mikkelsen appointed Brazilian Minister for Culture and musician Gilberto Gil as Hans Christian Andersen Ambassador. For decades, Gilberto Gil has been a leading figure within the development of modern Brazilian popular music, and since the 1960s he has been a catalyst in bringing Brazilian music and culture to the world.
Danish Minister for Culture Brian Mikkelsen appointed Gilberto Gil with the following statement:
"This is a most happy occasion. We have the famous musician and composer Gilberto Gil among us today here in the Tivoli Gardens. Not only is he a great artist, but he is also the Minister of Culture in Brazil. That is a rare and fine combination, and I am therefore very proud to have the hounour and privilege of appointing Mr. Gilberto Gil as Hans Christian Andersen ambassador."