On August 16, 2018, the Dandelion of Kindness was installed in Pereira, Colombia. The Mayor of the city and the Minister of Culture attended the opening of the Symbol of Peace and Kindness. The Dandelion was set at the entrance to the city so that everyone who comes to the city can come with kindness in their hearts  and  take a piece of kindness when leaving the city.

 This day became a real holiday for local residents:  a Russian sculptor came from distant Russia to the Colombian land with a mission of kindness and peace.

 After the opening ceremony, Gregory gave the Columbian kids who participated in the event dressed in bright national costumes, badges of the International Academy of Kindness with the slogans of the project: “Kindness is the solution to all problems,” “A man is a part of humankind when he is kind. ”





About the city of Pereira

Pereira is the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda. It is located in the foothills of the Andes in a coffee-producing area of Colombia officially known as the “Coffee Axis”. Pereira, alongside the rest of the Coffee Axis, form part of UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia”. It is the most populated city in the Coffee Axis and the second-most populated city in the Paisa region, after Medellín. Pereira is also part of the Central West Metropolitan Area, which has 709,322 residents and is composed of Pereira and the neighboring cities of Dosquebradas and La Virginia.

As the capital of the department of Risaralda, Pereira houses the headquarters of the Government of Risaralda, the Departmental Assembly, the Departmental Court, the Metropolitan Area Authority and the Attorney General. It also serves as the headquarters for numerous public companies and institutions of the Colombian state. Being in the center of the Golden Triangle (which consists of the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali), Pereira has become especially important in the fields of trade and commerce.