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The Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center

Summer 2024
Live Storytelling in Central Park

Saturdays from June 8 – August 3
at 11:00 AM

Hans Christian Andersen Stories and Folklore
from Around the World.
For audiences of all ages. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up.
Always free.

Location: Near the Model Boat Pond (Conservatory Water) in Central Park.
Closest Park Entrance is at 5th Avenue at 72nd Street.

Chairs provided by the HCA Storytelling Center
Sponsor: Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center Inc. 
Artistic Director: Laura Simms
Website and Graphic Design:
Tech & Sound: Aaron Paulley

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JUNE 2024





06/08/24 at 11AM
Laura Simms The Little Match Girl Hans Christian Andersen
  Robin Bady, w/guitar Bimbo the Snip's Thumb Carl Sandburg, USA
  Ron Sopyla Only One India
  Megan Wells The Flying Trunk Hans Christian Andersen
06/15/24 at 11AM Jonathon Kruk Thumbelina
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
  Rachel Harrington A Question of Imagination Hans Christian Andersen
  Jean Hale
The Pea Blossom Hans Christian Andersen
06/22/24 at 11AM April Armstrong The Tea Pot Hans Christian Andersen
  Simon Brooks The Shape-Shifting Girl Norway
06/29/24 at 11 AM Joy Kelly Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock Africa
  Laura Packer The Pincoya's Daughter Chile

JULY 2024

07/06/24 at 11AM Michele Carlo Fish Out of Agua Puerto Rico
  Sarah Brady Jewels for Tears Hungary
07/13/24 at 11AM Jane Dorfman The Five Peas Hans Christian Andersen
  Therese Plair w/drums Kafir and the Water Pitcher West African
07/20/24 at 11AM Regina Ress The Beautiful Beetles of Brazil Brazil
  Salieu Suso with
Kora Music and
Laura Simms
The Little Crocodile Boy Gambia
  Eleanor Benjamin The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button Hungary
07/27/24 at 11AM
The Duckling's Birthday Party  
Laura Simms The Nightingale Hans Christian Andersen
Cooper Braun The Goblin and the Shopkeeper Hans Christian Andersen
Heather Forest The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen


08/03/24 at 11 AM Laura Simms My Grandmother's Garden and
The Wild Rose
  Linda Humes Tales from Africa Africa
with Drummer Sanga of the Valley

The history of Hans Christian Andersen's Statue

More than sixty summers in New York City's Central Park

Fairy Tales From Around The World

On summer Saturdays since 1956, New Yorkers of all ages have gathered around Hans Christian Andersen’s statue at the Conservatory Pond in Central Park to hear his tales and other stories from around the world, told by a fine ensemble of storytellers. Celebrity performers such as Victor Borge, Eva la Gallienne, Fanny Hurst and Celeste Holm have also visited, telling their favorite stories.

Statue of Hans Christian AndersenThe idea for the statue originated with Baroness Alma Dahlerup, then president of the Danish-American Women's Association of New York, who had for years arranged for Andersen's stories to be read on the radio. Robert Moses, then New York City Parks Commissioner, secured the 'perfect' site and the City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy have given their active support ever since. A significant share of the funding for the statue came from donations made by school children both in Denmark and the United States. Danish-American sculptor George Lober created the larger-than-life bronze statue that was commissioned in 1954, in anticipation of marking the 150th anniversary of the author's birth. Hans Christian Andersens' well-rubbed knees are ample evidence of the fun children continue to have sitting on his lap.

Storytelling for a rapt audiencespaceThe statue has become a symbol of the good relations between the United States and Denmark. Following a tradition established by her father and mother, her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II visited the statue in 1976 during her American Bicentennial trip. Other members of the Danish royal family continue to visit. In 1964, the City of Copenhagen contributed two 19th century street lamps that now stand on each side of the statue. In 1985, New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, wishing to reciprocate, sent two New York City street lamps to Copenhagen, which can be seen standing in Dantes Plads. More historic information to be found in "From The Archives."

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If you and the children in your life enjoy our free storytelling sessions in Central Park, please consider making a donation to ensure the continued survival of the program. Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center is a not for profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status. Donations of $25 or above will receive a formal receipt.

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Sponsored by the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center, Inc.
in cooperation with the City of New York / Parks & Recreation and The Central Park Conservancy.

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