What is a Buddy Bear? top
An über-life-sized bear from Berlin, member of a family of over 2000 sculptures in about 150 countries
placed as happy symbols of unity, community and global peace at German embassies worldwide as their favorite habitat.
Each bear is "dressed" in paint, graphic print or photography by a local artist in a design reflecting her or his home and Berlin.
Join our jury-judged contest and become Jeddah's selected designer for the German Consulate General's own Buddy Bear!
Jeddah Contest top
The Consulate General in cooperation with a jury of local art professionals chaired by Dr. Effat Fadag
is calling for submissions of designs to decorate a Buddy Bear waiting here in town for its very own Jeddah+Berlin/Germany interpretation.
To get inspired by this unique project full of good will, click here to see how others have gone about this fun and meaningful task (further examples of embassy buddy bears).
Riyadh just recently got their own version:
Riyadh Buddy Bear with Artist Talal Al Zeid and German Ambassador Jörg Ranau... What will the Jeddah Buddy Bear look like?
The website of Buddy Bear Berlin tells you about the whole movement of The United Buddy Bears promoting tolerance, peace & freedom on their global tour on all 5 continents.
What do you need to do? top
Develop your own ideas in a detailed sketch and description, and submit them via email to to with subject "Buddy Bear Contest Submission" by 11 April 2020.
The jury will convene to select from all the submissions winning designs (first, second and third prizes)
and one design to be implemented. The winners will be announced as soon as this process is completed.
If you accept, you will be asked to decorate the until now blank bear sculpture within four weeks.
We want to unveil the finished bear in a public dedication ceremony in June 2020,
where we will honour the winner as well as all second and third prizes.
The winning artist's design title will become the name for Jeddah's bear and be featured prominently on the sculpture's plaque identifying the bear.
The activities will be publicized on social media and the global Buddy Bear website.
For an outline of the shape and more technical questions, please download the detailed instructions here
([Arabic], submission form in Word format [English]
[Arabic] and bear outline).