On October 10th at the Palazzo Vecchio in the Salone dei Cinquescento will be the customary WELCOME DAY, the welcome ceremony for students of American Universities present in Florence. The Welcome Day 2016 is characterized as an authentic Tuscan welcome to the community of American students, who will be for a few months real citizens of Florence.

The co-presidents of the Tuscan American Association ONLUS, Andrea Davis and Federico Frediani, are pleased to invite you to the Welcome Day ceremony organized for American students who initiate their studies in the various universities located in Tuscany, which will be held Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 pm in the Salone dei 500 of Palazzo Vecchio. Among the Association’s main objectives is enhancing cultural exchanges between Tuscany and the United States, and the ceremony is among the events that are organized each year with much success.  Opening remarks will be made by the Vice Mayor of Florence Ms. Cristina Giachi, the Vice Consul General  of the United States of America in Florence Mr. R. Scott macintosh, as well as by the two Co-Presidents. A dance performance will be offered by the Florence Dance Company under the artistic direction of Marga Nativo, dedicated to the theme of water on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the flood of November 4, 1966.

This will be followed by the ceremony for the Tuscan American Award, given each year on the occasion of Welcome Day to two award recipients, one Tuscan and the other American, who have contributed significantly to further develop the ties of friendship and exchange between the United States and Tuscany. Award presented by Vice Console Macintosh to Mr. Sandro Mencucci, Executive Director of ACF Fiorentina Spa. Vice Mayor Giachi will present the award to the American People for the assistance given at the time of the flood of November 4, 1966.

Following closing number of the Florence Dance Company.

WELCOME DAY 2015 PROGRAM

Palazzo Vecchio Salone dei Cinquecento

5:00 pm – Opening and public seating

5:15 pm - Welcoming remarks to the American students by the two Co-Presidents of the Tuscan American Association Onlus, Andrea L. Davis and Federico Frediani

5:30 pm - Remarks by the Vice Mayor of Florence, Ms. Cristina Giachi

5:40 pm - Remarks by the Vice Consul of the United States in Florence, Mr. R. Scott Macintosh

5:50 pm - Dance performance offered by the Florence Dance Company with an introduction by its co-artistic directors Keith Ferrone and Marga Nativo, dedicated to the theme of water on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the flood of November 4, 1966

6:15 pm - Presentation of the Tuscan American Award. Award presented by Vice Console Macintosh to Mr. Sandro Mencucci, Executive Director of ACF Fiorentina Spa

6:30 pm  - Vice Mayor Giachi will present the award to the American People for the assistance given at the time of the flood of November 4, 1966

6:45 pm - Closing number of the Florence Dance Company

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