Hans Christian Andersen, Odense's most famous son, although an author of many poems, novels, plays and even travelogues, is most renowned for his fairy tales. We all remember "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling" from our childhood. They became an important part of the western culture while Andersen became a real Danish icon. Today, his life and heritage are celebrated in Denmark and especially in Odense, his hometown, with great joy.
Annually on his birthday, on April 2nd, performances, musical shows and storytelling are held at Andersen's museum and ODEON cultural centre. The events are charitable and their aim is only to bring joy to the audience of all ages but also to raise funds for Hans Christian Andersen's Children Hospital. Later in the year, in August a festival dedicated to the famous author takes place and even more fun events like concerts, street art, light shows and performances are happening throughout the charming little town of Odense.