“The Forest Is in Our DNA”: Lithuania’s Ancient Woods

“The Forest Is in Our DNA”: Lithuania’s Ancient Woods

"We can be proud that we have these in Lithuania, because in Western Europe these were already gone a hundred years ago"Continue Reading →

The Other Estonian Language: Preserving and Promoting Võro

The Other Estonian Language: Preserving and Promoting Võro

North Estonian came to dominate in the 19th century and became the basis for modern standard Estonian, while South Estonian declinedContinue Reading →

Learning Yiddish and Searching for Jewish Lithuania: Laura Esther Wolfson

Learning Yiddish and Searching for Jewish Lithuania: Laura Esther Wolfson

Laura Esther Wolfson's collection of non-fiction covers the author’s life and travels in the United States, France and the former Soviet Union, including a couple of interludes in LithuaniaContinue 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 →

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 →

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 →

Long Hair and Bell-Bottoms Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Hippies

Long Hair and Bell-Bottoms Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Hippies

"A record was a holy thing that would go from hand to hand, recorded over and over on reel tapes."Continue Reading →

Stephan Collishaw: Turning Lithuania’s Troubled Past into Fiction

Stephan Collishaw: Turning Lithuania’s Troubled Past into Fiction

British author Stephan Collishaw has been closely involved with Lithuania since moving there on a whim in the mid-'90s.Continue Reading →

Gatis Krūmiņš: Debunking Myths of Soviet Investment in the Baltics

Gatis Krūmiņš: Debunking Myths of Soviet Investment in the Baltics

Krūmiņš's calculations appear to show that, actually, Latvia – in common with all of the Baltic states – was a net contributor to the Soviet budgetContinue Reading →

The “New Russian Empire” and the Baltic States: an Interview with Agnia Grigas

The “New Russian Empire” and the Baltic States: an Interview with Agnia Grigas

"Moscow has long relied on ethnic politics to achieve their aims of weakening and destabilizing their neighbours or newly conquered territories."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 →

Spin Unit: Revealing the City through Art and Science

Spin Unit: Revealing the City through Art and Science

We aim to hack the invisible city, leverage the secret strengths of urban spaces, and explore how the many characters, all the different layers of the urban fabric come togetherContinue Reading →