Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid celebrates 100th birthday

 

She may not look a hundred years old but this week Copenhagen’s Litle Mermaid is hitting a milestone anniversary. On Friday 23rd August 2013 The Little Mermaid statue in the Danish capital, inspired by the fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen, celebrates her 100th birthday with festivities taking place in major cities around the world.

The Little Mermaid

The ‘life’ of The Little Mermaid has been anything but dull. Since the statue was created by Edvard Eriksen and placed on Langelinie, in the harbour area of Copenhagen, in 1913, the famous tourist attraction has been decapitated twice, had her arm sawn off, been painted on numerous occasions and draped in garments by political activists. Most recently, she made the trip all the way to China to serve as the centrepiece of the Danish pavilion at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai.

The famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen once said “to travel is to live” and this is, in fact, exactly what Denmark’s best known icon intends to do when celebrating her centenary. On 23rd August ‘live mermaids’ will appear at famous attractions and landmarks in major cities around the world including Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Sydney, Shanghai and Stockholm.

In London, The Little Mermaid (impersonated by Miss Denmark 2013, Miss Iris Thomsen) will visit the EDF Energy London Eye on the South Bank at 10am and in Copenhagen 100 mermaids will jump into the water at Langelinie to form the number 100.

For more information on the events taking place to celebrate the 100th birthday visit www.visitcopenhagen.com/thelittlemermaid

Leave a Reply


Comment guidelines - please read:

1) Use your own name, not a site name or keywords.
2) Links are allowed in the 'Website' field only.
3) Please do not advertise and make sure your comment is relevant and adds value. (If you would like to advertise, there are a number of free and paid ways to do this - please contact us for details.) .





If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.

 
 
Tantalising Tanzania… just for herTantalising Tanzania… just for her : From the thunderous sounds of stampeding hooved wildlife to the roar o...
8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets : Ever dream of flying Singapore Suites, Cathay Pacific First Class, Eti...
27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets : Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations...