Tina Turner spoils fairytale party, Lillies save day (a bit)
Denmark's recent celebration of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's bicentenary has turned out to be a financial debacle.....
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
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.
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
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'.
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
He was hailed first in Germany and the rest of Europe before he won acclaim in his native country.