The Hill of Crosses: A Monument to the Defiant Spirit of Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses: A Monument to the Defiant Spirit of Lithuania

“Thank you, Lithuanians, for this hill of crosses which testifies to the nations of Europe, and to the whole world, the faith of the people of this land.”Continue Reading →

Inaccurate and Dangerous: the BBC’s World War III Latvia Drama

Inaccurate and Dangerous: the BBC’s World War III Latvia Drama

"Inside the War Room" is not a good programme, and not a good reflection of reality in LatgaleContinue Reading →

How a Song About a Coin Made Jöran Steinhauer Latvia’s Favourite German

How a Song About a Coin Made Jöran Steinhauer Latvia’s Favourite German

Musician Jöran Steinhauer's song, "Paldies Latiņam", a paean to Latvia's now-obsolete currency, became an unexpected viral hit.Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →