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In 2020 Germany and Vietnam celebrate the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. To mark this occasion, the German Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS) launched the Buddy Bear Art Competition in spring 2020. Artists were invited to present their impressions, ideas and visions on the manifold aspects of German-Vietnamese relations in the anniversary year by creating a Buddy Bear.
Out of 14 applications, a jury selected the designs of the artists Chu Thuy Quynh, Nguyen Xuan Lam and Phung Van Tue as winners. During the COVID-19 contact restrictions, the three artists designed the Buddy Bear blanks in their homes.
At a reception at the residence of German Ambassador Dr Guido Hildner on 6 November 2020, the three winners of the art competition were each awarded a prize of VND 15 million in the presence of Germany alumni, artists, representatives of German and Vietnamese institutions and the Vietnamese-German Friendship Society. The three Buddy Bears can be viewed from 16 November in the exhibition hall of the VICAS Art Studio.
The Buddy Bears originated from an art project in 2001. They have become a landmark of Berlin and are considered unofficial ambassadors of Germany. The outstretched arms of the standing Buddy Bear symbolize friendliness and optimism.
The „United Buddy Bears“ were created in 2002. The exhibition of around 140 Buddy Bears designed by artists from member states of the United Nations promotes peaceful coexistence between people of all races, cultures and religions. Since their first exhibition in Berlin, over 40 million visitors have already admired the Buddy Bears.
Link to the Clip Buddy Bear Art Project on Youtube