Andersen Festival and the Literary Prize are one of the recipients of the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2019. They have been rewarded for many years of promoting new fairy tales and for outstanding festival events in the name of Hans Christian Andersen.

Since 1996 the Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee has presented its Honorary Award to 68 different organizations and individuals from 17 different countries. The Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievements in working with Hans Christian Andersen and of contributions to promoting and spreading further knowledge of the Danish national poet in many parts of the world.

Leonardo Pischedda, the Artistic Director of Andersen Festival, and the Major of Sestri Levante Valentina Ghio have been rewarded in Odense, in the presence of the Danish Minister for Culture Mette Bock and of the Ambassador Luigi Ferrari.