Lise Bach Hansen

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Lise Bach Hansen (based in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a curator, producer, and head of the live literature program at The Royal Library, Denmark. She is known for organizing literary conversations for the library’s public program series: International Authors' Stage 'International Forfatterscene' which takes place in The Black Diamond, a modern waterfront extension to the Library's old building on Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen. Since 2008 she has turned The Royal Library into Copenhagen’s principal scene for live conversations between leading international writers, intellectuals, top politicians and artists.

Early life and education[edit]

Lise Bach Hansen was born in Jutland, Denmark. Her father, Søren Christian Hansen (1945–1993), was a playwright, novelist and documentarist. Her mother, Ester Bach (1947-), worked as a teacher in language and music and her brother Jens Ole Bach Hansen is currently a UN diplomat in the Danish Foreign Service. She is the mother of two daughters. Their father is the internationally renown German composer Steingrimur Rohloff. Lise Bach Hansen has received a master's degree, a Mémoire de Diplome d’Etudes Aproffondie from the Ecole Doctorale at Université ParisX, Nanterre University and Université ParisIII, La Sorbonne. Her memoire compared and confronted French classic theatre of the 17th century with the works of the Danish playwright and essayist Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754) considered the founder of Danish and Norwegian literature. She also obtained a master's degree in Communication from Roskilde University in Denmark.

The Royal Library, Denmark[edit]

In 2008, Lise Bach Hansen founded International Forfatterscene, a conversation series with world known writers, intellectuals, artists and politicians. As head of both this specific scene and a program for students; 'Students Only!' Lise Bach Hansen has developed a concept of long lasting and in depth going conversations with international, public personalities such as: Kofi Annan, Dario Fo, Hillary Clinton, Salman Rushdie, Herta Müller, Siri Hustvedt, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Slavoj Žižek, Thomas Piketty, Günter Grass, Ban Ki-moon etc. She has worked in partnership with such organizations as Siemens, PEN, UN, Institut Français and The Goethe Institute.


Before founding The International Authors Stage at The Royal Library in Copenhagen, she has been in charge of communication and PR within a wide range of professional fields such as film, art, theatre and politics in both Paris and Copenhagen and she has held positions at both The European Parliament in Bruxelles and the Danish art gallery, Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand in Copenhagen. Her deep interest in French language, politics and culture has influenced her career and she has made a serious effort to present French artists, thinkers and writers to a Danish audience both through her writing and in her programming. She took the initiative to an ambitious translation project from Danish into contemporary French of six plays of Ludvig Holberg. This project was made in collaboration with La Maison Antoine Vitez in France and was published by Editions Théâtrales in Paris. On January 18, 2018, she received the French order Arts et Lettres at the French embassy in Copenhagen.


Her writing on contemporary cultural tendencies has been published several times in the European cultural magazine, Lettre International, Danish news papers such as Politiken, Berlingske Tidende, Information and French magazines such as Minotaure, Théâtre Public and P:U:C:K. She is currently the editor in chief of The Danish Cultural Magazine Diamanten, in which she contributes with various articles on literature and cultural heritage.In October 2019 her book, “Sæt Scenen” 'Curating Live Events' was published at DJØF FORLAG. Her co-writer is Barbara Læssøe stephensen. The book is about how to curate great live events and how to lance extraordinary artistic visions. The book is based on several years of experience in the field, as well as detailed research when it comes to international examples of best practice. The book is also based on her theoretical background in dramaturgy, communication, rhetoric and literature. Target group: Students and professionals.


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