28.12.2004 / Presse
“United Buddy Bears in Beyoglu” sponsored by The Marmara Hotels
From November 20th to January 5th, the historic Pera district hosts an extraordinary event. If you support the effort to further intercultural understanding, tolerance and the promotion of peace at home and abroad, then you will be proud of the “United Buddy Bears in Beyoglu” project. “United Buddy Bears” will host people 120 countries around the world. The aim of this festival which originated in Berlin is to use “Buddy Bears” – or bear statues – to help symbolize the importance of tolerance and love for the promotion of world peace.
Every country has its own representative bear, and Buddy Bears are placed side by side in front of The Marmara Pera. During the festival, songs, dances, speeches, animation shows and cuisine will be presented, thus offering a veritable smorgasbord of the unique cultures of the participating countries.
The proceeds from the auctioned sale of the Buddy Bears will go to UNICEF charities. After Istanbul, the festival, which is sponsored by The Marmara Hotels, will continue on to other major metropolises like Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney.