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Guatemala 2019

As a world premiere, the United Buddy Bears come to Central America!

From April 25 to May 12, 2019, our "bearish country representatives" will stand together in the World Heritage City of Antigua in Parque Central's Plaza Mayor.

From May 17 to June 2, the United Buddy Bears will present their message of tolerance and international understanding at Guatemala City's Cultural Festival on the Plaza de la Constitución.

"For the first time, the United Buddy Bears exhibition will bring a world-class cultural event to Central America," says Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guatemala, Harald Klein. "About 40 million people have already experienced this event on five continents". At the Ambassador's suggestion, it came to the invitation of the bears to Central America.

In fact, the United Buddy Bears have only been to the closer and wider surroundings of Central America: the Caribbean in Cuba (HAVANNA 2015) and South America - Chile (SANTIAGO DE CHILE 2015), Argentina (BUENOS AIRES 2009) and Brazil (RIO DE JANEIRO 2014).

"Whenever the bears visit a city," Ambassador Klein says, “the city changes." Harald Klein speaks from experience, because he was Consul General of the German Mission in Rio de Janeiro in 2014 - also during the Football World Cup - therefore he knows about the enormous attraction of the exhibition by heart.

Each of the 2m large sculptures represents a country of the United Nations and was designed by an artist of the respective country. The United Buddy Bear that will represent Guatemala, received its garment from the Guatemalan artist Mayra Fernández de Schäfer in 2006. "Kartutscho", which means "land of eternal spring", has already participated in many exhibitions.

Some bears will appear for the first time: the bear of Nigeria, created by the artist Isamuko Rotimi Isaiah, will show up in a totally new dress. Furthermore, a bear from Guatemala's neighbor country Belize is part of the two exhibitions as a world premiere.

But whether familiar or new and unknown: except for one bear, all come as strangers - and will go as friends.

 
 

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Eine Initiative von Eva und Dr. Klaus Herlitz

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