Thousands of tiny lights illuminate the streets and façades of Odense‘s old town, music and carols cheer the strolls of patrons around the typical little shops, in restaurants you can savour the traditional Christmas lunch ‘Julefrokost’, in the streets you get lost among the scents of gingerbread and cinnamon. Odense is the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen, who is celebrated in every corner of the city, from his childhood home on Munkemollestraade, where he lived from the age of 2 to 14, to the new museum dedicated to the great master, opened last year and designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, a museum that offers a true immersion in the world of this emblematic writer. Twelve Danish and international artists were chosen to create their own encounter with Hans Christian Andersen and draw inspiration from his works to produce exclusive artistic creations: sound experiences with performances by the talented Danish artist Kim Fupz Aakeson and American writer Daniel Handler, listening to four original works by Danish composer Louise Alenius, paper sculptures inspired by fairy tales, a huge tree by Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira who draws inspiration from the fairy tale ‘The Magic Tinderbox’ and presents a beautiful 3D wooden creation. In addition, puppets by the artist Andy Gent illustrating the fairy tales of the ‘Tin Soldier’, the ‘Little Mermaid’, the ‘Snow Queen’ and the ‘Little Match Girl’, refined and poetic illustrations by the Spanish artist Sandra Rilova: all opportunities to discover or rediscover Andersen’s universe.
Children's books, Christmas, Culture, Denmark, Fyn, Literature, Odense, Tourism