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 →

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

Matilda Olkin's short life and her poems stand as a testament that the fragile beauty of the written word gives us strength even in humanity’s darkest hour.Continue Reading →

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

"The surface layer of fairy tales is simple, and it creates an illusion that we can understand them easily. It’s the same with everything in life."Continue Reading →

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

An exhibition that deals with deconstructing the notions of nationalism and the nation-state takes place at one of the most symbolically burdened locations in EstoniaContinue Reading →

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

Second only to the capital of St Petersburg in incidence of syphilis and gonorrhoea, Tallinn outranked much larger cities in the Russian Empire in terms of infection.Continue Reading →

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Gendered languages pose problems for identity expression. But what about genderless languages? Does Estonian offer a natural home for the nonbinary?Continue Reading →

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

"For the adventurer, photographer, urban explorer or historian, Kopli Lines are a beautifully preserved window into the past."Continue Reading →

A Minnesotan Writing in Estonian: An Interview with Adam Cullen

A Minnesotan Writing in Estonian: An Interview with Adam Cullen

"Something to be preserved at all cost is the connection to this place – that’s the reason it’s Estonian literature, and not Latvian or French literature."Continue Reading →

The Peace Is Deceptive: the History of Riga’s Hippest Street

The Peace Is Deceptive: the History of Riga’s Hippest Street

The history of Miera iela is proof of the legend that Riga will never be complete.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 →