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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 living together in peace and harmony on their global tour. Around 140 Buddy Bears (each 2 m tall) represent as many countries recognised by the United Nations.

Since the first exhibition in Berlin in 2002, more than 40 million visitors world-wide have been able to admire the United Buddy Bears.

Art and Culture: Each Buddy Bear shows the individual design created by different artists on behalf of their native countries. The international artists’ different styles are joined together in one work of art, spreading zest for life. The diverse design of the Buddy Bears – always typical for the respective countries – enables the visitors to experience a journey around the globe.

The Message: The Buddy Bears stand together “hand in hand”, symbolising the future vision of a peaceful world. Each bear stands for the people of the different countries and their culture, yet not for political systems.

Charity: Buddy Bear activities and aid for children in need have formed an inseparable unit. To date, more than 2.362.000 € (Juli 2019) have been raised through donations and auctions in aid of UNICEF and local children’s relief organisations. 

Last exhibition: Guatemala - Antigua: 25th April to 12th of Mai 2019 and Guatemala City: 17th of May to 2nd of June 2019


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Eine Initiative von Eva und Dr. Klaus Herlitz

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