“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 →

Jazz, Instinct and Meaning: Tomas Kutavičius and Contemporary Lithuanian Music

Jazz, Instinct and Meaning: Tomas Kutavičius and Contemporary Lithuanian Music

Claire McGinn speaks to Lithuanian composer Tomas Kutavičius, and takes the pulse of contemporary art music in VilniusContinue Reading →

Bridges of Time: How Baltic “Poetic Documentaries” Exposed Soviet Reality

Bridges of Time: How Baltic “Poetic Documentaries” Exposed Soviet Reality

"They helped audiences to learn to see... not only to watch, but to see. To see and think and read between the lines."Continue Reading →

Remembering Jonas Mekas: the Lithuanian Refugee Who Changed American Film

Remembering Jonas Mekas: the Lithuanian Refugee Who Changed American Film

Jonas Mekas captured '60s NYC, filming John Lennon and the Velvet Underground, while making groundbreaking experimental films and writing poetry in his native languageContinue 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 →

“It Flew Like a Shooting Star”: Sartre and De Beauvoir’s Week in Soviet Lithuania

“It Flew Like a Shooting Star”: Sartre and De Beauvoir’s Week in Soviet Lithuania

In July 1965, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir arrived in Soviet-occupied Vilnius. Their week-long stay in Lithuania was to leave a deep impressionContinue 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 →

Fiction: Jaroslavas Melnikas – “The Grand Piano Room”

Fiction: Jaroslavas Melnikas – “The Grand Piano Room”

"What was strange was not the fact that the piano room had disappeared, but that it had ever actually existed"Continue Reading →

Lithuania’s Ancient Heartland: Visiting the Grand Duchy’s Abandoned Capital

Lithuania’s Ancient Heartland: Visiting the Grand Duchy’s Abandoned Capital

Once the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Kernavė was abandoned in the 14th century. Today, it hosts medieval festivals and pagan ritualsContinue Reading →

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

The Silenced Muse: the Life of a Murdered Jewish Lithuanian Poet

Matilda Olkin's short life and her poems stand as a testament that the fragile beauty of the written word gives us strength even in humanity’s darkest hour.Continue Reading →

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

"The surface layer of fairy tales is simple, and it creates an illusion that we can understand them easily. It’s the same with everything in life."Continue Reading →

Jan Bułhak – the Man Who Captured Turn-of-the-Century Vilnius

Jan Bułhak – the Man Who Captured Turn-of-the-Century Vilnius

“My far-away, unknown colleagues and friends – take pictures with your heart!”Continue Reading →