United Buddy Bears
What is Buddy Bears?
Everything started in Berlin in June 2001. In front of the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens – department store) the „Buddy Bear Berlin Show“ – so the title of our first Buddy Bear activity in Berlin – was launched. We wanted the people of Berlin and the visiting tourists to enjoy the painted bear sculptures. The raised arms of the upright Buddy Bears communicated a friendly attitude and optimism. Thus the bears created a positive atmosphere from day one, which was captured on camera by tourists from all over the world on a daily basis.
The Buddy Bears were such a great success that the authorities not only suggested an extension of the street exhibition until the end of 2002, but also authorised it. At the same time, many companies and private individuals approached us and bought Buddy Bears for their home country or hometown, which increasingly turned the Buddy Bears into global ambassadors of Berlin.
-Reference- www.buddy-bears.com"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."
If you walk through the downtown street in Berlin, you can appreciate the various buddy bear sculptures in splendid colors and designs. The tourists from all over the world are so busy to push the shutter of camera to curve Buddy bear’s feature into their memories. Buddy bears’ are designed by native from their home country. Even though they are bears, they look friendly and creative. Sometimes you can find Buddy Bear of your own country while you are walking with your family or friends. It’s kind of unique experience that you can feel something of your country on the street in Berlin.
You also can buy your own Buddy Bear. You can discover the miniatures of Buddy Bears at the souvenir shop. Buddy Bear activities have been helping children in need such as aid of UNICEF and local child relief organizations.