The Best of the Best: Why Mark Shapiro of Laika Studios Loves Estonian Animation

The Best of the Best: Why Mark Shapiro of Laika Studios Loves Estonian Animation

"I think Estonian films are unique and proven; comedic, tragic, irreverent, often with world class scores. The best of the best."Continue 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 →

Hidden Riga: Finding Beauty in a City’s Crumbling Corners

Hidden Riga: Finding Beauty in a City’s Crumbling Corners

On the Paslēptā Rīga page, Jauja posts images from secret courtyards, ornate details in decaying doorways and floral patterns on long-forgotten tiles...Continue Reading →

The Baltic States in a Post-NATO Environment: An Interview with Edward Lucas

The Baltic States in a Post-NATO Environment: An Interview with Edward Lucas

"If we can get through the next few years, which are going to be difficult from a geopolitical point of view, I think the Baltic states have a very bright…Continue Reading →

From Memel to Klaipėda: the Lithuania Minor Revolt 94 Years On

From Memel to Klaipėda: the Lithuania Minor Revolt 94 Years On

In January 1923 Lithuanian troops entered Memel, dressed as civilians, where they staged a revolt, easily taking control from the French troops stationed thereContinue Reading →

Didzis Melbiksis: Sticking Up for Refugees in the Baltics

Didzis Melbiksis: Sticking Up for Refugees in the Baltics

Latvian Didzis Melbiksis is the UNHCR Association Communication Officer for Northern Europe, responsible for managing the UN's communication with the media and public in the region.Continue Reading →

A Sleeping District of Poets and Painters: Redefining Kaunas’s Šilainiai

A Sleeping District of Poets and Painters: Redefining Kaunas’s Šilainiai

"It was a freshly made community – back in the Soviet Union, they tried to sell the whole housing estate as this sort of utopian vision"Continue Reading →

Nine Months of Deep Baltic, or See You in September

Nine Months of Deep Baltic, or See You in September

Deep Baltic is taking August off while we work on a few big changes to the site, but we hope you’ll be back for more in September. In the meantime, we…Continue Reading →

Crossroads of the Baltics: the Past and Future of Latgale

Crossroads of the Baltics: the Past and Future of Latgale

Distinct from the rest of the country in terms of language, religion and customs, Latgalians nonetheless consider themselves firmly Latvian.Continue Reading →

For David Against Goliath: Iceland’s Support for Baltic Independence

For David Against Goliath: Iceland’s Support for Baltic Independence

“Icelanders tend to support David against Goliath in any dispute.”Continue Reading →

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 →

A Mysterious Family, a Destroyed Community: Piecing Together the Kaunas Litvaks

A Mysterious Family, a Destroyed Community: Piecing Together the Kaunas Litvaks

"Kaunas during its famous ‘Golden Age’ between the wars was very much a Litvak city. "Continue Reading →