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Oman to join United Berlin Buddy Bears Club tomorrow

MUSCAT — A ceremony will be held here tomorrow to mark Oman’s entry into the cultural United Berlin Buddy Bears Club, which groups 140 artists from 125 countries around the world. On the occasion, German Ambassador Hartmut Blankenstein will present a life-size Berlin bear sculpture (the emblem of the German capital) to the Omani Society of Fine Arts at its premises at Al Sarooj.

The sculpture, whose colours have been designed by Omani artist Abdul Rahim al Hooti, will be unveiled by Sultan bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Under-Secretary of Heritage Affairs at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture. The unveiling will be followed by the opening of an art exhibition at the Society’s art gallery.

The United Buddy Bears Show began in 2001 in Berlin when the first Buddy Bears were presented in a street show to citizens and tourists. In July 2002, buddy bear sculptures with colours and designs by 140 artists from 125 countries worldwide were set up in a circle near Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate. Arab artists from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, besides Oman, have contributed to this colourful cultural show.

Since 2004, large numbers of Berlin Buddy Bears have been on exhibition tours around the world, notably to Kitzbuehel in Austria, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Tokyo, Seoul and, most recently, Sydney. The motto of the cultural Berlin Buddy Bear show is: ‘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’. In addition, through donations and sales of Buddy Bears at auctions, the proceeds of more than one million euros were donated in aid of Unicef and other small local child relief organisations.

 
 

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