The Andrea Bocelli Foundation opens its new headquarters in Florence
The Complesso di San Firenze becomes a centre of artistic and cultural education with the Foundation wanted by Andrea Bocelli, which joins the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation and Museum.
The Andrea Bocelli Foundation, founded 10 years ago with the aim of combating poverty, illiteracy and social exclusion, has officially opened the doors of its new operational headquarters in the Baroque palace of San Firenze, a stone's throw from Palazzo Vecchio.
The building is also home to the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation and Museum. With the arrival of the Abf, the recently revitalised complex highlights its role as a new centre for artistic and cultural education, a place open to the world.
"When my family and I founded the Andrea Bocelli Foundation in 2011, we were inspired by the joy and love given to us by fans around the world," said the famous Tuscan tenor Andrea Bocelli. "Our passion to support people and communities and to put ourselves at the service of others has been channelled over the past decade into an organisation that has grown beyond my wildest dreams" . "For me, Abf represents one of the highlights of my life; I look forward to experiencing many special moments with our global community in its new spaces." Andrea Bocelli also emphasised that the form of a foundation proved to be the most appropriate because "alone you can do a lot, but with many you can do more and the foundation was the right tool".
In addition to the headquarters of the Andre Bocelli Foundation, he also inaugurated the adjoining educational laboratory Abf GlobaLab, which will be the operational hub of the Foundation and an expression of Abf's mission "empowering people and communities" where young people can come together to be inspired to grow.