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 →

Fiction: The Easiest – Rasa Aškinytė

Fiction: The Easiest – Rasa Aškinytė

"I know who I was in my previous lives (although I might have mixed up the order of events)..."Continue Reading →

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

An exhibition that deals with deconstructing the notions of nationalism and the nation-state takes place at one of the most symbolically burdened locations in EstoniaContinue Reading →

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

Second only to the capital of St Petersburg in incidence of syphilis and gonorrhoea, Tallinn outranked much larger cities in the Russian Empire in terms of infection.Continue Reading →

Jan Bułhak – the Man Who Captured Turn-of-the-Century Vilnius

Jan Bułhak – the Man Who Captured Turn-of-the-Century Vilnius

“My far-away, unknown colleagues and friends – take pictures with your heart!”Continue Reading →

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Gendered languages pose problems for identity expression. But what about genderless languages? Does Estonian offer a natural home for the nonbinary?Continue Reading →

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

"For the adventurer, photographer, urban explorer or historian, Kopli Lines are a beautifully preserved window into the past."Continue Reading →