Category Arts & Culture

ANNIKA HAAS, PLANE WATCHERS (2010 – 2011)

by documentEast Annika Haas, Plane Watchers (2010 – 2011) Annika Haas, Plane Watchers (2010 – 2011) Watchers (2010 – 2011), a series shot by an Estonian photographer Annika Haas, is a fascinating story of ‘the dacha-district in the surroundings of Tallinn Airport, a relic of the Soviet era’ in contemporary Estonia. Workers of a local […]

Baltic cinema goes to Hollywood – Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan

With just 2 weeks left to the Oscar awards ceremony, Crossing the Baltic takes a look at the nominees from the Baltic rim. This week the focus is on Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan. by Mateusz Zatoński The past months have been a rewarding time for Baltic cinema. Many movies produced in the region made a splash in […]

DocumentEAST: KARLIS BERGS, BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE SEA, 2011 – 2013

by Magda Niedużak All images from Karlis Bergs, Between the Lake and the Sea, 2011 – 2013 Between the Lake and the Sea (2011 – 2013) by a Latvian photographer Karlis Bergs is yet another documentary project about human relationship to nature [see here for a post about Moscow’s wastelands]. After many years, Bergs returns to a village […]

Finnish Literature in the Spotlight

Outside of Finland, Finnish literature is something that has been largely neglected. To some extent this is related to the fact that only a small fraction of Finnish literature has been translated into English – although a greater number of Finnish books is available in German, Estonian or French, for example. And perhaps it would […]

Among Stars and Fire – Mėnuo Juodaragis Festival in Lithuania

Text and images: Maria Fernanda Stinghen Gottardi Magic, symbolic, idyllic and inspiring. Those are the words that come to mind when I remember my experience at the festival Mėnuo Juodaragis (MJR) XVII, in Lithuania, a  mosaic of Baltic culture where old and new traditions meet. From bonfires to jewellery, from sculptures and ceramics to a childeren’s […]

Tales of happiness, salty licorice and gender equality: Michael Booth’s The Almost Nearly Perfect People – The Truth About The Nordic Miracle

by Anna-Cara Keim When asking a person outside of Scandinavia what they know about the Nordic lands people’s associations seldom reach beyond Vikings, the welfare state, Danish television crime epics, Ikea and popular music. ‘But why is that?’ asks British journalist Michael Booth, himself a resident of Denmark, when he sets out on a trip […]

Polish Londoners: past, present and future

As a blog concerned with the Baltic region whose editors are mostly located in London we are naturally particularly interested in the relevant diasporas living in the Big Smoke. It is therefore our pleasure to invite you to invite you to the conference in Polish community heritage at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) on 28 […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: Pierogi and More

Our editor-in-chief, Anna-Cara Keim, declares her love for Polish food and discovers some of London’s  more unusual eating places. Food plays an extremely important aspect in diaspora life. For most people food remains one of the most important connections they retain with their country of origin, or with the place they call home. And so it happened, that […]

Positivus 2013 – Three Days of Peace and Music

by Paolo Sorbello Salacgrīvā, Latvia is a small town on the Baltic Sea shoreline that offers nothing special throughout the year. It’s too far from both Riga and Tallinn to make for a summer retreat. However, for the past seven years, every July, it becomes the venue of the famous Positivus festival, attracting tens of […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: A Glimpse Of Tuscany From A Post-Communist Perspective

Our editor Mateusz Zatonski travels to Tuscany in order to prepare for a language exam and discovers the peculiarities of crisis-stricken Italy, which seems rather similar to Poland – at least to some extent. Speaking Italian can make you depressed. This is a conclusion you come to after spending two weeks preparing for a language […]

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