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 →

Lithuania’s Ancient Heartland: Visiting the Grand Duchy’s Abandoned Capital

Lithuania’s Ancient Heartland: Visiting the Grand Duchy’s Abandoned Capital

Once the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Kernavė was abandoned in the 14th century. Today, it hosts medieval festivals and pagan ritualsContinue Reading →

A Dream in the Latvian Countryside: Remaking the National Painter’s House

A Dream in the Latvian Countryside: Remaking the National Painter’s House

In 1998, Dutch museologist Margriet Lestraden bought the remote birth house of "the father of Latvian art", a man she then knew nothing about.Continue Reading →

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

Matilda Olkin's short life and her poems stand as a testament that the fragile beauty of the written word gives us strength even in humanity’s darkest hour.Continue Reading →

Fiction: Nora Ikstena – Soviet Milk

Fiction: Nora Ikstena – Soviet Milk

"I don’t remember 15 October 1969. There are people who swear they remember their birth. I don’t."Continue Reading →

A Hive of Activity: Discovering Riga’s Underground Music Scene

A Hive of Activity: Discovering Riga’s Underground Music Scene

Richard Thompson gives an introduction to the underground scene of Latvia's capital, a city where every week brings something intriguing and boundary--pushingContinue Reading →

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

"The surface layer of fairy tales is simple, and it creates an illusion that we can understand them easily. It’s the same with everything in life."Continue Reading →