Neighbours but Not Relatives: Translating Between Estonian and Latvian

Neighbours but Not Relatives: Translating Between Estonian and Latvian

Despite an almost identical history over the last few hundred years, Estonians and Latvians speak very different languagesContinue Reading →

Europe’s Slow-Burn Surprise Package: A Guide to Estonian Music

Europe’s Slow-Burn Surprise Package: A Guide to Estonian Music

"I'm from a land called secret Estonia. Nobody knows where it's at."Continue Reading →

The Way We Lived Then

The Way We Lived Then

"To stay alive, to survive, took the greatest effort. It was the one activity that we all engaged in."Continue Reading →

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 →