Thursday, March 10, 2005

Hans Christian Andersen Festival

Edinburgh will host a 10 month Hans Christian Andersen Festival. Our favorite lad, Billy Boyd will be one of the special ambassadors promoting the festival in the capital city.

The Greatest Fairy Tale, which has been designed in New York by exhibition expert Ralph Applebaum, will be coming to Edinburgh direct from Copenhagen, where it is due to be unveiled in May in a specially-constructed building shaped like an enormous book.

The connection between Scotland and Hans Christian Andersen is explained:
Andersen travelled to Scotland in 1847 with the intention of meeting Sir Walter Scott and although he never managed to, he was a much sought-after dinner guest in the New Town and was famously impressed by how much the fishing village of Newhaven reminded him of his native Denmark.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Edinburgh’s culture and leisure leader, said: "

It’s great that this is happening so soon after Edinburgh was designated the first [Unesco] World City of Literature."
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