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“Beary” United Buddy Bears Exhibition in Astana

Belonging to Astana’s International Women’s Club has its perks.  I received the following update on the Bear exhibition that I wrote about in my blog yesterday. This colorful display opens tomorrow to the public, but I was privy to it several days ahead of time because it is right in my own backyard from where I work.  I think I got some great photos yesterday of countries you will recognize.  If you live or are visiting in Astana, you must see them for yourself.

The “Buddy Bears” stand together hand in hand and promote tolerance and understanding among different nations, cultures and religions. Each bear represents a Member State of the United Nations and has been individually designed by an artist from that state. The „Kazakh bear“ has been designed by the prominent Kazakh artist Leyla Mahat, the „German bear“ by Frank Rödel.

Since 2002, when the first exhibition of the „Buddy Bears“ took place, more than 20 million people from all over the world had a chance to see them. The bears have travelled to all of the five continents. Thus, they have already been in Berlin, Istanbul, Tokyo, Sydney, Cairo and Buenos Aires. Wherever they were, the “Buddy Bears” became a special attraction and made the exhibition venue a place of interaction and meetings. Today, within the framework of the year “Germany in Kazakhstan 2010” 125 “Buddy Bears” will come to Astana, among them, of course, the bears designed by Leyla Mahat and by Frank Rödel. On invitation of the Akimat of the city of Astana, the “Buddy Bears” will remain until the end of July 2010 next to the Baiterek-tower. Visitors will have the chance to experience, how the interaction of different artistic styles creates one piece of art that spreads joy and promotes mutual understanding and tolerance. Each visitor of the exhibition will experience a small trip around the world, as each bear is individually designed in a manner related to his “home-country”. The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Akimat of the city of Astana have the pleasure to invite you, the interested public and representatives of the media to join the opening event of the exhibition “United Buddy Bears” on Saturday, 15th of May 2010 at 16:00. The event will take place between the Baiterek-tower and the National Archives, on “Nurshol”-Boulevard (former Vodnoseljonyj bulvar”).



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Proverbs from Around the World

When I taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in northern Virginia for three years, I had students from all over the globe.  However, during that time from 1995-1998, I do not recall having any students from Kazakhstan.  Perhaps Kazakhs were still dealing with many issues back in their home country after being under communism for 70 years.  I wonder how many of the samples of proverbs I got from my ESL students from around the world during that time, would fit with Kazakh proverbs.  The world would be a richer place if only we knew even 10 per cent of Kazakh proverbs.  Try to figure out the meanings of the following proverbs:

Vietnam – “Near the ink, you will be black, near the lamp, you will be bright.”

 

Thailand – “Love your cow, have to tie it; love your children, have to discipline.”

 

Eritrea – “The person who tries to get butter from water and the person who needs good things from his enemy is the same.”

 

Argentina – “The devil knows more from being old than from being devil.”

 

Taiwan – “When God wants a man to be a great one, He will exhaust his mind, exercise his body and take all the things he has.”

 

Peru – “Each person dances with his own handkerchief.”

 

Brazil – “When you pass away, your body will lie in a coffin and your tongue in a wagon.”

 

Korea – “Three inches of tongue can kill the righteous man.”

 

Ethiopia – “A tongue doesn’t have teeth, but it can break another’s bones.”

 

Iran – “An egg thief will be a camel thief.”

 

China – “Clumsy birds have to start flying early.”

 

United Arab Emirates – “Whoever wants honey should keep up with the bee’s sting.”

 

Guatemala – “Eyes that don’t see make a senseless heart.”

 

Japan – “Monkeys fall from the tree too.”

 

Vietnam – “If the mandarin (orange) skin is thick, there will be a sharpened nail to pierce it.”

 

El Salvador – “Fish and visitor smell in three days.”

 

El Salvador – “The habit don’t make the monk.”

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