From 26th June until 3rd October 2011 the United Buddy Bears were presented in Berlin’s City West for the first time. The Ku’damm - at the corner of Knesebeckstraße – was the location for the exhibition of around 140 bears promoting tolerance, international understanding and living together in peace and harmony.
The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, had assumed the patronage of the exhibition.
The exhibition was open for visitors around the clock and free of charge.
On Sunday, 26th June 2011 at 11:30, Monika Thiemen (District Mayor of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) opened the United Buddy Bears exhibition together with Eva and Klaus Herlitz (the initiators of the project) on the boulevard Ku’damm / corner of Knesebeckstraße.
Under the motto ‘The Ku’damm Welcomes the World’, artists from all five continents entertained the guests. On the stage on Knesebeckstraße – cordoned off for the occasion - Indian, Latin American and Oriental dances, Mexican Mariachi music, African performance artists and fascinating sounds from all over the world created a festive mix for ears and eyes.
The exhibition owes its origin and the possibility to be visited all over the world completely free of charge to the committed work of many institutions, organisations, administrative bodies, companies and individuals.
For this 22th exhibtion in our hometown of Berlin we want to thank: