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 →