Denmark to celebrate Little Mermaid’s centenary

cph-little-mermaid-littleDenmark is preparing to celebrate its Little Mermaid statue’s 100th birthday in the capital Copenhagen. The statue, which was unveiled on 23 August, 1913, has been one of Copenhagen’s most renowned landmarks for many years, and the country is getting ready to recognise that by hosting a number of special activities and cultural events.

The Little Mermaid, which looks over the Copenhagen port, symbolises the city in a similar way that the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower symbolise New York and Paris respectively. It is a depiction of Hans Christian Anderson’s heroine in the fairy tale of the same name.

One of the events will see people dressed as mermaids on the streets of the capital between 23 August and 6 September. The mermaids will also be present at cultural events in various other cities around the world including Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, Rome, London, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing.

While the mermaids are representing their country all around the world, Copenhagen will also host many festivals and cultural events to mark the anniversary.

Between 23 August and 1 September ‘Copenhagen Cooking’ will be held to honour contemporary Scandinavian cooking. There will be workshops for children, gourmet hot dog tasting sessions and convivial meals offered at long tables set up by the canals.

In addition, from 30 August to 1 September the city will stage a contemporary art fair. More than 57 galleries will present their most recent works for locals and visitors to view.

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