"At first I was scared 'coz I thought they said 'Princess Mary' but then you came and now I'm ok, but boy, was I freaking."
Princess Marie was at the Tønder Culture House today to open - as their patron - the Wadden Sea Festival, celebrating the cultural offerings of the southwest coastal region of Denmark. It is nice to see how relaxed she seems to be conversing in Danish with all the organisers and participants. This regional activity is very important for this neglected corner of Denmark, so it is especially good that Marie is comfortable living out in what many Danes would consider the boonies and supporting events and the general betterment of life far away from the capital. (Slightly related: the Schackenborg Inn (Slotskro) won "Best of Nordic Taste" at the Copenhagen Cooking festival Marie opened the other day - more regional good news!) Even Princess Alexandra, a model royal, had a hard time staying put so far from Copenhagen and its surrounding chic locations. What an anti-snob, well done, Marie!
Official Website: Wadden Sea Festival
Press Release: Danish Royal Website
Article & Photo Gallery: Uge Avisen
Wadden Sea Festival: Princess Marie set the tone
Her Royal Highness Princess Marie set the tone this morning for the exciting opening concert of the 2012 Wadden Sea Festival. At exactly 10am today, this year's Festival started with an interesting opening concert. To get the great cultural festival well underway, Princess Marie, who is patron of the festival, was a part of the concert audience and she "set the tone" for the festival's first music show.
School classes from all over the municipality were invited to the concert, so the seats in the Tønder Culture House were well filled. Princess Marie was received by the Chairman of the Wadden Sea Festival Lisbet Rosendahl and Tønder Mayor Laurids Rudebeck and the princess received a nice bouquet of heather and salt marsh flowers from flower girl Marie, 4 years old.
After the welcome and opening, the more than 400 guests listened to INTER:ESSENCE - a newly developed multimedia performance that blends music, and all sorts of different noises and cinema. The show is directed by musician Casper Mikkelsen and the band AUDIOGRAPH and Casper Mikkelsen was also allowed to present the band's thoughts behind the show.
The Wadden Sea Festival runs for the next 4 days with many great cultural events, ranging from a falkon show with music at 4pm in Skærbæk today to chamber music installations and exhibitions.
The program can be seen on the Wadden Sea Festival website.
Photos: Uge Avisen