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The United Buddy Bears in Latvia: The bears are loose in Riga

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the patrons

On July 12, 2018 the international exhibition of United Buddy Bears was opened on Riga’s Dome Square in the presence of numerous ambassadors and high-ranking politicians by the project's patrons, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Latvia, Rolf Schütte, Nils Ušakovs, Mayor of Riga, and Dace Melbārde, Latvia's Minister of Culture.

This first visit of the Buddy Bears to the Baltic States is a gift from Germany to the inhabitants of Latvia on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state and was organised by the German Embassy in Riga in cooperation with the city council.

Each of the 143 bears on display represents a country of the United Nations and was designed by an artist from that country. Together they set an example of tolerance and international understanding in the heart of the Latvian capital.

In addition to the patrons, the initiators of the United Buddy Bears, Eva and Klaus Herlitz, and Liene Dambina of the Riga Children's Hospital Foundation also spoke at the opening. As so often, funds for children in need will be collected through various activities in connection with the exhibition. This time all donations go to young patients who cannot receive state funding for their treatment.

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, an additional Buddy Bear was also unveiled: The city of Riga now has its own bear, painted by the Latvian artist Viktorija Kosenko after designs by the pupil Patrīcija Laursone. The Riga Bear will remain in the city after the exhibition, commemorating the six-week exhibition of the United Buddy Bears.

The 32nd exhibition of the United Buddy Bears can be seen in Riga until August 22.  As always admission is free.

More information and impressions can be found here.


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Eine Initiative von Eva und Dr. Klaus Herlitz

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