During Riga City Festival in Dome Square everyone will be able to greet the 149 United Buddy Bears that will be there until August 22nd. It is their first visit to the Baltic States and is a gift from Germany to the people of Latvia for the country’s centenary.
“United Buddy Bears” are symbols of tolerance and understanding between nations. With this motto the 2 m high bears from Berlin travel around the world and since 2002, when they were first displayed in Berlin, they have been welcomed with enthusiasm by approximately 40 million exhibition visitors in 30 cities on all the continents of the world. Each of the 143 bear figures symbolizing countries has been painted by a popular artist from the corresponding country.
The Latvian bear figure has been painted by Kaspars Zariņš and its core message is to create a sense of happiness and optimism. Furthermore, visitors will be delighted by the five special bears and the bear created specifically for this exhibition called "Riga Bear", which will be left in its hometown Riga after the exhibition.
Sketches for the painting of the “Riga Bear” were created by children. The special mission of the “United Buddy Bears” is to help children in need, so in Riga “United Buddy Bears” in conjunction with the Children's Hospital Fund will raise donations for the little patients for whose treatment there is inadequate public funding.
The patrons of the exhibition are the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Latvia, Rolf Schulte together with the Chairman of the Riga City Council Nils Ušakovs and the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Latvia Dace Melbārde. For more information on the “United Buddy Bears” visit www.buddy-baer.com/de.