Estonian Film Music: A Tasting Menu for the Autumn

Estonian Film Music: A Tasting Menu for the Autumn

"All the songs I’m offering here have been used in classic pieces of Estonian cinema, old and new..."Continue Reading →

A Colourful History in Monochrome: Interwar Lithuanian Adverts

A Colourful History in Monochrome: Interwar Lithuanian Adverts

The book Interwar Lithuanian Advertising collects many of the most striking, colourful or simply strange examples of adverts produced in the Republic of Lithuania in the interwar period.Continue Reading →

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

"He was truly amazed, if not perhaps shocked, that people, refugees, were not only thinking of creating a university, but were actually organising it."Continue Reading →

ЛАЙФ V КАЙФ or How to Trip in the Soviet Union

ЛАЙФ V КАЙФ or How to Trip in the Soviet Union

The Estonian director Terje Toomistu, who has recently completed a documentary about the hippie movement in the Soviet Union, writes about drug culture behind the Iron Curtain.Continue Reading →

Creators of Independent States: Latvia, Lithuania and Jelgava Gymnasium

Creators of Independent States: Latvia, Lithuania and Jelgava Gymnasium

The story of how a remarkable school in the southern Latvian city of Jelgava, became a place of disproportionate importance for two Baltic nations – not only Latvia, but also…Continue Reading →

Petras Cvirka – the Lithuanian Writer Lionised by the Soviets

Petras Cvirka – the Lithuanian Writer Lionised by the Soviets

Born into a poor farming family in 1909, Cvirka's tangled legacy forms a metaphor for all the paradoxes and complexities of the Soviet era in Eastern Europe.Continue Reading →

“Aukstās Dienas…” Singing in Latvian – Without Ever Having Been to Latvia

“Aukstās Dienas…” Singing in Latvian – Without Ever Having Been to Latvia

"First, we had to compose a song about Latvia, a country we had never visited, based entirely on our own imagination..."Continue Reading →

Up the Baltick with Boswell and Johnson

Up the Baltick with Boswell and Johnson

"Marienburg is a vast city equal in size with London, planned with perfect regularity both architecturally and in its social organization."Continue Reading →

Baltic Artists Brought the World Home – But at What Cost?

Baltic Artists Brought the World Home – But at What Cost?

How did something so distinctively American as jazz reach the young Republic of Estonia?Continue Reading →

The Meaning of a Memorial: Reading Kaunas’s Garden of War

The Meaning of a Memorial: Reading Kaunas’s Garden of War

Looking at the site of memory in Kaunas, the “dying for…” is clear: the highest aim of the Lithuanian nation is freedomContinue Reading →

The Best of the Best: Why Mark Shapiro of Laika Studios Loves Estonian Animation

The Best of the Best: Why Mark Shapiro of Laika Studios Loves Estonian Animation

"I think Estonian films are unique and proven; comedic, tragic, irreverent, often with world class scores. The best of the best."Continue Reading →

Era of Dance: How Riga Brought Techno Music to the Soviet Union

Era of Dance: How Riga Brought Techno Music to the Soviet Union

A new Latvian/Russian documentary film tells the story of how the techno explosion of the '80s was brought to the Soviet Union - via RigaContinue Reading →