Andersen Festival

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
Odense Tourist Bureau
Odense C, DK-5000 Denmark
45-66-12-75-20; fax: 45-66-12-75-86
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
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 73
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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