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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →