Andersen Festival

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Andersen (Hans Christian) Festival

Mid-June through July
Since 1965, the city of Odense, where Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) lived as a child, has honored its native son with festival activities during the summer. Each year, the Hans Christian Andersen Festival presents a choreographed musical production of one of Andersen's fairy tales at the Funen Village outdoor amphitheater. The play is performed once a day, with a cast of about 85 children and young adults. Past performances have included "The Tinder Box," "The Ugly Duckling," "Little Claus and Big Claus," and "Simple Simon." From mid-June through July, the fairy tale castle in the garden behind the Hans Christian Andersen Museum is the site of the Hans Christian Andersen Parade, with 30-minute shows three times a day. Playing the roles of 35 favorite Andersen characters, the troupe performs scenes from the writer's most popular fairy tales.
See also Children's Book Day, International
CONTACTS:
Odense Tourist Bureau
Radhuset
Odense C, DK-5000 Denmark
45-66-12-75-20; fax: 45-66-12-75-86
museum.odense.dk/?lang=en
H. C. Andersen Festspillenes Sekretariatet
Sct. Knuds Kirkestraede 9, 2
Odense C, DK-5000 Denmark
45-70-27-40-77; fax: 45-70-27-40-78
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 73
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