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More “Bear” Bellies from around the world

Today I will feature only “bear” bellies which did not have to suffer the consequences of drinking too much beer. These 2 meter high Buddy Bears have been cast from a mold and made out of ceramic.  They are each individually grated up and sent around the Earth to be exhibited in different locations in order to promote world peace.  They have taken up residence in Astana, Kazakhstan until end of July.  The most details done by each artist seems to focus on the belly but other artists use the WHOLE bear to promote something about their country that typically characterizes it.

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This “Bears” Repeating – More Buddy Bears!!!

I suppose it would seem I don’t have too much to report but in truth I do and am too busy to write about what is REALLY happening in my life.  I DO enjoy Astana and I really like the Kazakh students I have been teaching the past several months.  Kazakhstan is a GREAT place to not only visit but also to learn more about, this last thought “bears” repeating.  Enjoy more United Buddy Bears, they will be exhibited in Astana until end of July.  Only one more month to go before these bears will be taken to their new location to be on exhibit to promote world peace.

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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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