Appreciated at Last? Latvia’s Visionary Artist Hardijs Lediņš

Appreciated at Last? Latvia’s Visionary Artist Hardijs Lediņš

Who was Hardijs Lediņš and why was he so important for Latvian art and music?Continue Reading →

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

Fiction – This Is Not My Sky

"Mama,” Cathy murmured into Maria's ear, “why did you give me away?”Continue Reading →

Monuments and Memorials: the Predicament of a Nation State

Monuments and Memorials: the Predicament of a Nation State

In Estonia, the most blatant symbols of foreign power were indeed removed, but not without hesitation.Continue Reading →

Fiction: “The Saviour of Lasnamäe”

Fiction: “The Saviour of Lasnamäe”

Natalya Filippovna may be a middle-aged single mother and member of the Russian minority in Estonia, but she is content with her simple life.Continue Reading →

The Quick Brown Fox: Remembering Slothrop’s English-Language Bookshop

The Quick Brown Fox: Remembering Slothrop’s English-Language Bookshop

We opened Slothrop’s English language bookshop in Tallinn in December 2011. It was Estonia’s first second-hand English language bookstore.Continue Reading →

How a Song About a Coin Made Jöran Steinhauer Latvia’s Favourite German

How a Song About a Coin Made Jöran Steinhauer Latvia’s Favourite German

Musician Jöran Steinhauer's song, "Paldies Latiņam", a paean to Latvia's now-obsolete currency, became an unexpected viral hit.Continue Reading →

Aigars Bikše: The Latvian Sculptor Who is Lord of His Own Manor

Aigars Bikše: The Latvian Sculptor Who is Lord of His Own Manor

Bikše’s irreverent and political sculptures have been seen from Riga to Venice and Tokyo, while his eccentric sense of style perfectly suits his role as head of Fashion at the…Continue Reading →

Vilnius Through a 50mm Lens: A Year Photographing Lithuania’s Capital

Vilnius Through a 50mm Lens: A Year Photographing Lithuania’s Capital

Since last summer, the 50mm Vilnius blog has carried a daily photo of Lithuania's beautiful capital, showing one of its many different sides...Continue Reading →

Proof of Existence: Discovering Latvia through Exile Literature

Proof of Existence: Discovering Latvia through Exile Literature

This book was an attempt at a cogito ergo sum for the free Latvian nation: proof to the outside world that there was a country called Latvia, that Russia did…Continue Reading →

“We Are All Aliens To Each Other”: An Interview with Uģis Olte

“We Are All Aliens To Each Other”: An Interview with Uģis Olte

Uģis Olte is a Latvian director and screenwriter whose latest project is Double Aliens, a collaboration with Georgian photographer Daro Sulakauri.Continue Reading →

Foreigners in their Own Homes: on Latvian Documentary “Double Aliens”

Foreigners in their Own Homes: on Latvian Documentary “Double Aliens”

Double Aliens is a Latvian-Georgian documentary film shot in Samtskhe-Javakheti, an arid and mountainous region in southern Georgia.Continue Reading →