Petras Cvirka – the Lithuanian Writer Lionised by the Soviets

Petras Cvirka – the Lithuanian Writer Lionised by the Soviets

Born into a poor farming family in 1909, Cvirka's tangled legacy forms a metaphor for all the paradoxes and complexities of the Soviet era in Eastern Europe.Continue 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 →

“To Gain Knowledge, Go to Wilne”: A Walk Through Jewish Vilnius

“To Gain Knowledge, Go to Wilne”: A Walk Through Jewish Vilnius

In the 18th century the city was known as a religious centre and even called the “Jerusalem of the North”, despite anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish attacks.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 →

The Meaning of a Memorial: Reading Kaunas’s Garden of War

The Meaning of a Memorial: Reading Kaunas’s Garden of War

Looking at the site of memory in Kaunas, the “dying for…” is clear: the highest aim of the Lithuanian nation is freedomContinue Reading →

Britain and the Baltics 2 – …to Peep Show

Britain and the Baltics 2 – …to Peep Show

"We consider [the Soviet Union and Russia] to be synonymous, don't we?"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 →

“Comfortable Doesn’t Interest Me”: Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė

“Comfortable Doesn’t Interest Me”: Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė

Laura Sintija Černiauskaitė’s novel Breathing into Marble is a dark, compelling tale of a family torn apart and a woman driven to the edge of madness.Continue Reading →

Filming Visaginas: Lithuania’s Nuclear Russian Butterfly City

Filming Visaginas: Lithuania’s Nuclear Russian Butterfly City

In the early 1970s my parents moved from Russia to Vilnius, the capital of the Lithuanian SSR, in search for work and better life. This is where I was born.Continue 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 →

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

"Hee vanquished the armie of the king of Lettowe, with the captiuitie of foure Lithuanian Dukes and the slaughter of three..."Continue Reading →