Twenty Speakers, But Three Poets: Writing in Livonian

Twenty Speakers, But Three Poets: Writing in Livonian

Two books of poetry originally written in the Livonian language, spoken by just twenty people, have recently appeared in English translationContinue Reading →

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Struggle

The Unbuilt Soviet Metro System that Haunts Latvia’s Capital: Struggle

“In total, these 172 letters were signed by 1,965 people. There were 1,964 votes against the construction of the metro."Continue Reading →

Revealing a City of Legends, Myths and Stories: the Book of Riga

Revealing a City of Legends, Myths and Stories: the Book of Riga

Almost every single corner of Riga has its own story. The Book of Riga offers some of them up, and will hopefully lead you to many more.Continue Reading →

“The Waters Must Break” – Pauls Bankovskis

“The Waters Must Break” – Pauls Bankovskis

"I discovered masturbation at almost the same time that I discovered the map of Latvia..."Continue Reading →

Intrigue and Seduction in Courland: the Strange, Brief Reign of Duke Maurice

Intrigue and Seduction in Courland: the Strange, Brief Reign of Duke Maurice

"It is interesting to imagine how Europe may have changed had Maurice controlled his libido more effectively."Continue 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 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 →

A Hive of Activity: Discovering Riga’s Underground Music Scene

A Hive of Activity: Discovering Riga’s Underground Music Scene

Richard Thompson gives an introduction to the underground scene of Latvia's capital, a city where every week brings something intriguing and boundary--pushingContinue Reading →

Photographic Pioneers in Soviet-Era Latvia: the Story of Riga Photo Club

Photographic Pioneers in Soviet-Era Latvia: the Story of Riga Photo Club

Founded in 1962, Riga Photo Club revolutionised photography in Soviet-era Latvia, putting on the first-ever exhibition in the Antarctic along the way.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 →

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

"He was truly amazed, if not perhaps shocked, that people, refugees, were not only thinking of creating a university, but were actually organising it."Continue Reading →

How the Children of Baltic Refugees to Britain are Rediscovering their Roots

How the Children of Baltic Refugees to Britain are Rediscovering their Roots

"When my grandfather died, my father stopped speaking Latvian... he had no-one to speak to"Continue Reading →