“Kas ir Hipsteri?” – Changing Times in a Small Latvian City

“Kas ir Hipsteri?” – Changing Times in a Small Latvian City

Cēsis has changed rather a lot in the last few years, probably more than any other single town in Latvia, and the best place to get the measure of these…Continue Reading →

“I Want To Stay Here”: A Chat with Gambian Jallo in Latvian

“I Want To Stay Here”: A Chat with Gambian Jallo in Latvian

"I can’t speak about the future, but I think that there is a lot that I will be able to give to Latvia."Continue Reading →

Discussing Identity and Minorities in an Estonian Border City, Pt. 2

Discussing Identity and Minorities in an Estonian Border City, Pt. 2

Narva is a particularly interesting place to discuss minorities and identy, being more overwhelmingly minority-majority than any large city in the Baltics.Continue Reading →

Discussing Identity and Minorities in an Estonian Border City

Discussing Identity and Minorities in an Estonian Border City

Narva is a particularly interesting place to discuss minorities and identy, being more overwhelmingly minority-majority than any large city in the Baltics.Continue Reading →

Latvia’s Oil City Ventspils: A Strange “Success Story”

Latvia’s Oil City Ventspils: A Strange “Success Story”

Frequently, in discussions with people about the depopulation and decline of their town, they will point to Ventspils as an example of what could be done.Continue Reading →

“To Gain Knowledge, Go to Wilne”: A Walk Through Jewish Vilnius

“To Gain Knowledge, Go to Wilne”: A Walk Through Jewish Vilnius

In the 18th century the city was known as a religious centre and even called the “Jerusalem of the North”, despite anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attacks.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 →

Era of Dance: How Riga Brought Techno Music to the Soviet Union

Era of Dance: How Riga Brought Techno Music to the Soviet Union

A new Latvian/Russian documentary film tells the story of how the techno explosion of the '80s was brought to the Soviet Union - via RigaContinue Reading →

Kaunas Art Deco: Reminders of Lithuania’s Modernist Interwar Capital

Kaunas Art Deco: Reminders of Lithuania’s Modernist Interwar Capital

"Kaunas’ Art Deco interwar modern architecture is unique to Kaunas, because it’s not a direct copy of French or German architecture."Continue Reading →

Kristaps Salniņš: The Spy Who Stuttered

Kristaps Salniņš: The Spy Who Stuttered

Salniņš left behind him a history of derring-do that would defy belief, except for the fact that it was all trueContinue Reading →