“The Waters Must Break” – Pauls Bankovskis

“The Waters Must Break” – Pauls Bankovskis

"I discovered masturbation at almost the same time that I discovered the map of Latvia..."Continue Reading →

Sixteen Thousand Voices in Perfect Harmony: Latvia’s Incredible Song Festival

Sixteen Thousand Voices in Perfect Harmony: Latvia’s Incredible Song Festival

Latvia's huge Song and Dance Festival has been recognised as a masterpiece of humanity by UNESCO – and its participants are increasingly multinationalContinue Reading →

DB Recommends: Mācītājs On Acid

DB Recommends: Mācītājs On Acid

Maarja Merivoo-Parro tells us why we should all be listening to some legendary Latvian-American punkContinue Reading →

Siberian Exile: Blood, War and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning

Siberian Exile: Blood, War and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning

Siberian Exile tells the story of the author's grandmother, Ona, deported to deepest Siberia during Lithuania's occupation by the Soviet UnionContinue Reading →

“Someone Always Pays”: Siberian Exile and Nazi Collaboration in a Single Family

“Someone Always Pays”: Siberian Exile and Nazi Collaboration in a Single Family

An interview with the Lithuanian-Canadian author Julija Šukys, whose most recent book found her unearthing troubling secrets about her family's pastContinue Reading →

From Soviet Border Guard Station to Sauna: Off-Road on Vormsi Island

From Soviet Border Guard Station to Sauna: Off-Road on Vormsi Island

One cabin was used for accommodating border guards while the other housed a projector that was large enough to light up the coastline.Continue Reading →

Intrigue and Seduction in Courland: the Strange, Brief Reign of Duke Maurice

Intrigue and Seduction in Courland: the Strange, Brief Reign of Duke Maurice

"It is interesting to imagine how Europe may have changed had Maurice controlled his libido more effectively."Continue Reading →

Faith and Pride in Hard Times: Igor Trepeshchenok’s Images of Latgale

Faith and Pride in Hard Times: Igor Trepeshchenok’s Images of Latgale

Igor Trepeshchenok is a Latvian photographer currently based in Hamburg, as well as the founder of Ost SEE magazine, which publicises photographers from the Baltic states. His previous works have…Continue Reading →

Answering the Call of the Bonfire: Estonia’s Poetics of Endangered Species

Answering the Call of the Bonfire: Estonia’s Poetics of Endangered Species

Severe pollution threatens the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem. Blending poetry and art, a new book draws attention to Estonian wildlife at risk of disappearance.Continue Reading →

Welcome to Maskačka: Stig Stasig’s Images of Latvia’s Troubled ’90s

Welcome to Maskačka: Stig Stasig’s Images of Latvia’s Troubled ’90s

In 1991, Danish photographer Stig Stasig moved to Riga, capital of newly free Latvia. His photos of inner-city life capture a unique moment in its historyContinue Reading →

Fiction: Jaroslavas Melnikas – “The Grand Piano Room”

Fiction: Jaroslavas Melnikas – “The Grand Piano Room”

"What was strange was not the fact that the piano room had disappeared, but that it had ever actually existed"Continue Reading →

Siluett: the Estonian Fashion Magazine that Took the USSR by Storm

Siluett: the Estonian Fashion Magazine that Took the USSR by Storm

Launched in 1958 by the Tallinn Fashion House, Siluett was arguably the one truly agenda-setting fashion magazine the Soviet Union produced.Continue Reading →