Francysk Skaryna is well known as a humanist, early publisher, author and translator, who published the first book in Eastern Slavic language in 1517 in Prague.

Experts and organizations around the world are studying his heritage associated with early printing. In 2022 the cultural communities of several countries will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the publication of “The Little Traveller’s Book” by Francysk Skaryna in Vilnius. However, the scope of his interests is particularly wide and includes medicine, pharmacology, botany, astronomy, philosophy, theology, politics and others as well.

Besides that, Skaryna’s travel geography is impressive as well and includes Polotsk (Belarus), Vilnius (Lithuania), Krakow and Poznan (Poland), Copenhagen (Denmark), Venice, Rome and Padua (Italy), Wittenberg (Germany), Kaliningrad (formerly Konigsberg) and Moscow (Russia), and others.

These facts provide the opportunity of showing the whole variety of tangible and intangible heritage, representing the personality and contribution of Francysk Skaryna to the development of European culture in the broadest geographical and thematic context of the European Renaissance.