On Sunday, November 24 (starting from 5 pm), in the presence of its illustrious citizen, Andrea Bocelli, Lajatico will celebrate the new collaboration between the Zerosei Center and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. ABF has donated the instruments and provided the funds for specialists to create a permanent musical laboratory.

On Sunday, November 24, at 5 pm, at the Zerosei Center on Via della musica, La Sterza, in the presence of Maestro Bocelli, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) team, the mayor of Lajatico, Alessio Barbafieri, and the headmaster of the Capannoli School – who will also run the Zerosei Center –, the “Music Lab – ABF for Lajatico” project will be officially presented: a new form of cultural contribution to the area, thereby extending the proposal of ABF’s innovative education model, which is no longer merely applied to the schools built by ABF (as has previously occurred for the schools of Sarnano and Muccia, and will happen soon for the Camerino Music Academy).

The project is being launched in the hometown of our founder, at the “Alessandro Bocelli” ZEROSEI Center, which was built in 2015 thanks to the Bocelli family’s donation of land to the Municipality of Lajatico for the construction of a school in the memory of the famous tenor and philanthropist’s father.

Here, ABF provided the instruments to furnish the musical lab for the children, including a piano, and also provided the inclusion of a specialized professional (a music atelierista) and a pedagogical coordinator, to provide continuity to a project that aims to promote musical languages, both as an educational tool for children and as a source of aggregation and culture for the community. The foundation will directly oversee the educational-musical planning, which will be gradually merged into the pedagogical framework of the A. Bocelli school complex.

The project, which will also be implemented in other ABF schools, was designed within the pedagogical framework promoted by ABF, which entails the innovative use of artistic and musical language in education. This approach, which supports informal education that complements and reinforces formal education, aims to give children direct access to art and music. It is a laboratory experience that aims to help the children in their development towards being future global citizens who are more aware, more conscious and more open to opportunities for expressing their talent.

As with all the educational projects of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, this is in line with sustainable development goal no. 4 of the United Nations concerning quality education. It is specifically aligned with point 4.7, which highlights the importance of transversal skills (soft skills) and basic cognitive, emotional and relational skills (life skills), which allow people to operate with awareness and competence both individually and socially, thereby contributing to promote inclusion, the importance of diversity and the cultural richness of the world and thus preparing young people for global citizenship.