Exhibition dedicated to Byzantium

With a reduced budget but no cuts in terms of the quality of its scientific and artistic program, the European Cultural Center of Delphi is preparing to open its doors once again to host its annual international symposium. This year, the symposium will focus on the before and after of the Byzantium period.

The core of the symposium’s parallel events is the exhibition “Worship and Shrines after the Fall of Constantinople from the Benaki Museum Collections,” which will be inaugurated by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios on June 28.

A large number of the 66 religious objects -- which include icons and liturgical utensils dating from the 15th to the 19th century -- are going on display for the first time. The pieces explore the distinct creative routes taken by creators of religious works living in different areas following the dismantling of the Byzantine Empire.

Taking part in the scientific symposium are a number of leading historians and Byzantinologists from Greece and abroad. The symposium is scheduled to take place at the center’s conference hall complex from July 8 to 10. Participating speakers are invited to throw light onto the period before and after Byzantine rule.

In terms of music at the summer gathering, the opening and closing ceremonies will feature the Byzantine choir Idimelon as well as Lykourgos Angelopoulos and his Greek Byzantine Choir.

Meanwhile, teachers of secondary education from Brazil and Portugal will be attending a series of seminars on ancient Greek language and culture. The seminars, running for the 10th year this summer, will take place from July 17 to 27.

Source: Pravoslavie