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ZENKO AFTANAZIV RECEIVES ORDER OF THE STAR OF ITALY FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITALIAN-UKRAINIAN COOPERATION

21 May 2018

On May 19 in the National Opera of Ukraine, at the official opening of Gala Europe, international art project dedicated to Europe Day in Ukraine, the progenitor of Zenko Foundation Zenko Aftanaziv received one of the highest state awards in the Italian Republic, becoming a knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.

Order of the Star of Italy Zenko Aftanaziv

Order of the Star is given for special merits in the development of political, cultural and economic cooperation between Italy and other countries. The award can be given to Italians living abroad or to foreigners; it is given by the President of Italy.

Cultural diplomacy is one of the principal directions of Zenko Foundation activities. For three years the institution actively cooperates with Italian Institute in Kyiv, serving as an art partner for a range of music events, in particular, the premiere of Tosca and Gala Europa concerts of classical music.

Order of the Star of Italy Zenko Aftanaziv
Order of the Star of Italy Zenko Aftanaziv

“Mutual integration of cultural heritage enriches human experience and strengthens bridges of understanding and trust between people,” said Zenko Aftanaziv in his speech. The progenitor of Zenko Foundation expressed his gratitude to the Italian Republic, President of Italy Sergio Mattarella and Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Italian Republic to Ukraine Davide La Cecilia for the honor to receive such award. “I would also like to thank the Italian Institute of Culture in Ukraine for their highly professional work allowing us to learn more about the multifaceted culture of Italy,” Aftanaziv said.

Order of the Star of Italy