25 June 2013

New stamps on Music


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Date of Issue : 27 May 2013

Danish Rock

Rock festivals have been an integral part of Danish popular culture for decades. Every year, Danes and foreigners alike flock to the many outdoor festivals to sea and hear both world-famous and less well-known bands. They go to enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere, but the social side of the festival is also a huge attraction.

As a tribute to Danish rock music, Post Denmark has  issued two stamps drawn by the musician and visual artist Kasper Istrup. One of them features the iconic guitar plays as the frontman of Kashmir. The colourful fields in the background graphically evoke the music that flows out of the instrument. The second stamp portrays the atmosphere at a gig, with the enthusiastic shouts of the audience represented by the brightly coloured background.


Roskilde Festival
With more than 100.000 visitors, the Roskilde Festival is by far the biggest in Northern Europe. This year is the 43rd edition of the festival, which is staged at the Roskilde Show Grounds in late June/ early July every year. All sorts of styles and genres are represented, but rock music dominates.

The annual publication of the festival programme is an event in itself. Unlike many other festivals, Roskilde doesn't advertise the full programme all at once, but drip-feeds the public with a name here, a name there. About 200 bands from Denmark and abroad perform at the festival - some from the underground scene, others well-established international stars.

Every year, the aim is to provide the audience with an extraordinary experience. Some 30,000 highly dedicated volunteers set up the site, provide the unique festival service, guarantee its quality and help generate the amazing atmosphere. All profits from the festival go to charitable or cultural purpose in Denmark and abroad. Faithful Roskilde aficionados will recognise the guitar on the stamp. Kasper Eistrup and Kashmir have appeared at the festival several times.

Stamp on world renowned Sculpture


Date of Issue : 27 May 2013


Centenary of the Little Mermaid

On 23 August 2013, it will be exactly 100 years to the day since the statue of the Little Mermaid first graced the rocks at Langelinie in Copenhagen. Ever since then, she has looked out over the city, wistfully gazing at the human world she dreams of joining.

Just before the actual centenary, Post Denmark is issuing a stamp featuring the world-renowned sculpture, which welcomes thousands upon thousands of tourists to Copenhagen Harbour every year. the stamp, which is based on a photograph, was drawn and engraved by Martin Morck.


Lost her Head twice

The Little Mermaid was sculpted by Edvard Eriksen, whose beautiful wife Eline posed as his model. It was cast by the Carl N.G Rasmussen, bronze caster by appointment to the Royal Danish Court, in Copenhagen, and then mounted on its rock on Langelinie - all at the expense of the founder of the Carlsberg brewery, Carl Jacobsen, who gave the statue to the capital as a gift.

During her long life, the statue of the Little Mermaid has been vandalised several times. She has lost her head twice - once it never reappeared, the other time it was reattached after it was found in a car park.

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