“This year’s Italian Design Day comes at a very difficult time for the Ukrainian people. I really wanted the seventh edition of this initiative to take place here as well in spite of everything, thanks to the close synergy between the Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the Italian Trade Agency – ICE, to show that we feel close to the Ukrainian nation. We thus join the international community that today tells the extraordinary story of Italian creativity. This year’s theme, lighting, has been chosen to reflect the reality of a country at war and fighting for freedom, namely efficient and sustainable lighting. Combining aesthetic impact, energy saving, and environmental sustainability, our IDD successfully interprets the theme of lighting”. This was Ambassador Pierfrancesco Zazo’s introduction to this important exhibition, which each year creates a virtual community of design enthusiasts around the world. “We were all impressed by the extraordinary ability and resilience of the Ukrainian people in dealing with the emergency caused by the attacks on the energy infrastructure. Ambassador Zazo concluded: “We believe that in the near future Italian creativity, combined with the technical and scientific training of Ukrainians, will be able to create new and sustainable environments for new generations in a Ukraine illuminated not only by energy but also by freedom.”
The Italian Design Day (IDD), an annual thematic review launched in 2017 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, was held in Kyiv at the Dom Aktera (Actor’s House) and at the same time at the Lviv Polytechnic. The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture and Public Information, Galina Grigorenko.
In cooperation with Lviv Polytechnic National University, and with the participation of Italian architect and designer Alessandro Colombo, a webinar on IDD 2023 was organised, bringing together academics, industry professionals, and students of technical subjects and design. Ukrainian architect, urban planner, and public figure Yulian Chaplinskiy moderated the discussion.
The event also included artistic performances related to the theme of illumination. “The Shadow Theatre” group performed a shadow play inspired by everyday life in a country at war, while a violin duo played electric instruments.