“Nobody, Nobody Is Alone”: What Singing Means to Estonians

“Nobody, Nobody Is Alone”: What Singing Means to Estonians

“Singing brings Estonians joy. Singing gives Estonians courage. Singing makes Estonians free.”Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

“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 →

“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 →

“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 →

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 →