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Denmark's recent celebration of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary has turned out to be a financial debacle.....

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Denmark's

recent celebration of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary

has turned out to be a financial debacle, partly because organisers

paid rockstar Tina Turner a cool $1-million to sing two songs at a

televised show.

The final bill for the 'Once Upon a Time'

show, broadcast on April 2 to 15 countries, has come to 59-million

Danish kroner ($9.9-million), resulting in a deficit of 35 million

kroner and a lot of bickering over who is to blame. The Andersen

foundation has had to cover 22-million kroner of the total deficit.

The

foundation will also have to cut  back in the future, including

replacing a tour of the Australian Ballet Company with a Chinese dance

company at a quarter of the price. But most of the other 300-plus

planned events, including plays, musicals, exhibitions and book

translations based on Andersen's work, will still take place, Seeberg

said.

To help the Andersen

Foundation make the best of an unhappy ending, Copenhagen's

International Theatre (KIT) has decided to let it have the entire

earnings from a concert by British band 'The Tiger Lillies', who will

give a rendition of Andersen's story 'The Little Match Girl'.

http://www.kit.dk/2005/tiger_lillies.htm

We want the Andersen year to be a success, because despite

everything, we have not seen such a high-quality programme in a long

time," a KIT spokesperson said.

Andersen started out the son

of a poor cobbler and went  on to became a world-famous writer

whose 156 tales such as 'Tom Thumb', 'the Ugly Duckling', 'the

Emperor's New Clothes' and 'the Little Match Girl', have been

translated into 144 languages.

Despite the grand tribute

bestowed upon him this year, Andersen ? believed to have been born on

April 2, 1805 ? was not an instant hit in Denmark when his fairytales

were published.

He was hailed first in Germany and the rest of Europe before he won acclaim in his native country.

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