Twenty Speakers, But Three Poets: Writing in Livonian

Twenty Speakers, But Three Poets: Writing in Livonian

Two books of poetry originally written in the Livonian language, spoken by just twenty people, have recently appeared in English translationContinue Reading →

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Struggle

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Struggle

“In total, these 172 letters were signed by 1,965 people. There were 1,964 votes against the construction of the metro."Continue Reading →

Jazz, Instinct and Meaning: Tomas Kutavičius and Contemporary Lithuanian Music

Jazz, Instinct and Meaning: Tomas Kutavičius and Contemporary Lithuanian Music

Claire McGinn speaks to Lithuanian composer Tomas Kutavičius, and takes the pulse of contemporary art music in VilniusContinue Reading →

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Beginnings

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Beginnings

Riga was down for a metro – a formally and conceptually adventurous system that would have been the most expensive ever built in the Soviet UnionContinue Reading →

The Other Estonian Language: Preserving and Promoting Võro

The Other Estonian Language: Preserving and Promoting Võro

North Estonian came to dominate in the 19th century and became the basis for modern standard Estonian, while South Estonian declinedContinue Reading →

Sad Eyes: Earthy Psychedelia from Vilnius’s Curly One

Sad Eyes: Earthy Psychedelia from Vilnius’s Curly One

"Vilnius's music scene is a hotbed of surprising talent over which the spirit of Garbanotas soars high and mighty..."Continue Reading →

Bridges of Time: How Baltic “Poetic Documentaries” Exposed Soviet Reality

Bridges of Time: How Baltic “Poetic Documentaries” Exposed Soviet Reality

"They helped audiences to learn to see... not only to watch, but to see. To see and think and read between the lines."Continue Reading →

Revealing a City of Legends, Myths and Stories: the Book of Riga

Revealing a City of Legends, Myths and Stories: the Book of Riga

Almost every single corner of Riga has its own story. The Book of Riga offers some of them up, and will hopefully lead you to many more.Continue Reading →

Remembering Jonas Mekas: the Lithuanian Refugee Who Changed American Film

Remembering Jonas Mekas: the Lithuanian Refugee Who Changed American Film

Jonas Mekas captured '60s NYC, filming John Lennon and the Velvet Underground, while making groundbreaking experimental films and writing poetry in his native languageContinue Reading →

Learning Yiddish and Searching for Jewish Lithuania: Laura Esther Wolfson

Learning Yiddish and Searching for Jewish Lithuania: Laura Esther Wolfson

Laura Esther Wolfson's collection of non-fiction covers the author’s life and travels in the United States, France and the former Soviet Union, including a couple of interludes in LithuaniaContinue Reading →

Harvest of Wetland: Images of a Remarkable Lithuanian Allotment

Harvest of Wetland: Images of a Remarkable Lithuanian Allotment

In 2002, frustrated with the long journey to legally receiving an allotment, a self-governed space was established by a group of pensioners on a piece of wetland in Šiauliai, Lithuania.Continue Reading →

“It Flew Like a Shooting Star”: Sartre and De Beauvoir’s Week in Soviet Lithuania

“It Flew Like a Shooting Star”: Sartre and De Beauvoir’s Week in Soviet Lithuania

In July 1965, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir arrived in Soviet-occupied Vilnius. Their week-long stay in Lithuania was to leave a deep impressionContinue Reading →