On March 29, 2016, the exhibition in the framework of the international research project entitled “Olkas II: Medieval ports from Euxeinos Pontos to Eastern Mediterranean” was inaugurated in Larnaca. The exhibition is open until April 20, 2016, from 10.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00 at Municipal Library of Larnaca.
An exhibition “Olkas II: sailing from and to Byzantium, medieval ports from Euxeinos Pontos to Eastern Mediterranean” was organized in cooperation with the European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments and the Society of Cypriot Studies (SCS) with the support of the Embassy of Ukraine to the Republic of Cyprus.
By presenting unique photos of medieval fortifications, bastions and other cultural artifacts of twelfth century, which survived until nowadays in the 60 medieval seaports of the six aforementioned countries, the exhibition displayed a rich medieval past of these city-ports, their history and culture, as well as historical maritime trade connection between the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.
Ukraine is presented with five seaport cities of Belgorod-Dnistrovkyi, Odessa, Kerch, Sevastopol and Feodosiya.
The event was thematically dedicated to Ukraine. In his speech to the quests Ambassador of Ukraine Mr. Borys Humeniuk stressed the importance of popularizing historical facts about the cities that has always had the ability to connect people through the sea. He also drew attention to the fact that three of the cities presented on the exhibition namely Kerch, Sevastopol and Feodosiya are currently under Russian occupation as well as informed some historical facts regarding the belonging of Crimea to Ukraine.
During the event, the attendees had an opportunity to enjoy the masterpieces of classical music of Ukrainian composers of XVIII - XX centuries, which were performed by talented Ukrainian duo - Lidiya Futorska, violin, and Serhiy Khorovets, button accordion. Their program entitled "Ukrainian aquarelles" includes works by famous Ukrainian composers - M.Berezovsky, D.Bortnyansky, M.Lysenko, A.Gnatyshyn, I.Levytskyi, M.Skorulskyi, Y.Meytus, M.Kolessa and M.Skoryk.