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United Buddy Bears

The art of tolerance - an idea on its tour around the world!

"We have to get to know each other better ...
... it makes us understand one another better,
trust each other more, and live together more peacefully."

Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote people living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many members of the United Nations.

Since the Bears first went on display in Berlin in 2002, more than 40 million visitors worldwide have been able to enjoy the United Buddy Bears message of peace and understanding.

Art and Culture: The design of each 2-m-tall Buddy Bear was created by an artist native to each country. The international artists’ different approaches come together in a monumental work of art, spreading a message of peace and optimism. The diverse design of the Buddy Bears – each a perfect ambassador for their respective country – allows visitors to take a virtual journey around the globe.

The Message: The Buddy Bears stand together “hand in hand”, symbolizing a future vision of a peaceful world. Each Bear represents the people of each country and its unique culture, yet not political systems.

Charity: Buddy Bear activities and aid for children in need have formed an inseparable unit. To date, more than 2.365.000€  (September 2019) has been raised through donations and auctions in aid of UNICEF and local children’s relief organizations. 

Illumination project

Lighting lights (illumination) on a TV tower in St. Petersburg

International Masterclasses

Ishchenko-the art show
Art and relax
Creative Work unites the family

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