Aigars Bikše: The Latvian Sculptor Who is Lord of His Own Manor

Aigars Bikše: The Latvian Sculptor Who is Lord of His Own Manor

Bikše’s irreverent and political sculptures have been seen from Riga to Venice and Tokyo, while his eccentric sense of style perfectly suits his role as head of Fashion at the…Continue Reading →

Landscapes of Communism Revalued: An Interview with Owen Hatherley

Landscapes of Communism Revalued: An Interview with Owen Hatherley

In Landscapes of Communism, published earlier this year, Owen Hatherley turned his attention to the architecture of Communism across the former Eastern Bloc, including in the BalticsContinue Reading →

Latvia’s Hidden Viking Heritage: the Lost City of Seeburg

Latvia’s Hidden Viking Heritage: the Lost City of Seeburg

If you visit Grobiņa nowadays, you will see almost no signs of the past settlement.Continue Reading →

Final Point of the Russian Empire: Liepāja’s Half a Million Emigrants

Final Point of the Russian Empire: Liepāja’s Half a Million Emigrants

In the eight years of emigration from Liepāja to New York, over 500,000 people used the Russian-American line to reach the ‘Big Apple’.Continue Reading →

The Baltic Revolution 25 Years On: An Interview with Anatol Lieven

The Baltic Revolution 25 Years On: An Interview with Anatol Lieven

Anatol Lieven was the only Western journalist permanently stationed in the Baltic states during the most dramatic years of their struggle for independence.Continue Reading →

Proof of Existence: Discovering Latvia through Exile Literature

Proof of Existence: Discovering Latvia through Exile Literature

This book was an attempt at a cogito ergo sum for the free Latvian nation: proof to the outside world that there was a country called Latvia, that Russia did…Continue Reading →

“We Are All Aliens To Each Other”: An Interview with Uģis Olte

“We Are All Aliens To Each Other”: An Interview with Uģis Olte

Uģis Olte is a Latvian director and screenwriter whose latest project is Double Aliens, a collaboration with Georgian photographer Daro Sulakauri.Continue Reading →

From East Asia via Great Britain: the Story of Estonia and Latvia’s National Game

From East Asia via Great Britain: the Story of Estonia and Latvia’s National Game

Novuss is the national game of Latvia; Koroona is the national game of Estonia. But what are these games and where did they come from?Continue Reading →

Foreigners in their Own Homes: on Latvian Documentary “Double Aliens”

Foreigners in their Own Homes: on Latvian Documentary “Double Aliens”

Double Aliens is a Latvian-Georgian documentary film shot in Samtskhe-Javakheti, an arid and mountainous region in southern Georgia.Continue Reading →

The Strange Story of Walk – United by the Soviets, Divided by Freedom

The Strange Story of Walk – United by the Soviets, Divided by Freedom

It certainly doesn’t look like a national border – a forgotten, slightly gloomy pedestrianised backstreet...Continue Reading →