Tag Archives: Latvia

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 […]

Eyewitness: Reminiscing Baltic Summers

This summer our editors have been busy crossing the Baltic Sea…  

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 […]

Losing Riga – losing Latvia?

by Licia Cianetti On 1st June the residents of Riga went to the polls to elect a new City Council. The election came after four years under mayor Nils Ušakovs, the first ethnic Russian to lead an administration in the capital. Ušakovs secured another victory for his moderate Russophone ethnic party, Harmony Centre, and kept […]

From Our Baltic Logbook: Riga, Eurovision, Cybercrime and Stag Nights

Our editor-in-chief Anna-Cara Keim intends to write about the Eurovision Song Contest and finds herself travelling to Riga instead. The original topic of this article was this year’s Eurovision song contest. And the plan was to write about the performance of the Baltic Sea Region countries – why Poland and Latvia have not made it […]

No More High Tea – The Fall of the Flag Carriers and the Rise of Budget Airlines

Anna-Cara Keim looks at the state of air travel in Northern Europe I begun to write this piece on the plane from London to Washington D.C., travelling for the first time in quite a while with what some people would call a ‘real’ airline. With friendly staff, a generous luggage allowance, and hot meals and […]

Meeting the Demographic Challenge in the Baltic Sea Region: The Best Agers Project

There are currently a  number of interesting projects happening in the Baltic Sea Region  that are financed by the European Union through its “Baltic Sea Region Programme”. However, it was pointed out to Crossing the Baltic that some of these projects sadly remain completely unnoticed by the public – even within the region. The Best […]

Comparing inaugural addresses of CEE presidents: Putting the country first?

by Philipp Köker (Note from the editors: This article is the quasi inauguration of a new series of articles on  presidents and presidential activism that we will publish in co-operation with http://www.presidentialactivism.com) On 21 January 2013, Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as US president drawing thousands to the West front of the […]

Summer in Riga and what you can expect next

We admit that it has been a little quiet on Crossing the Baltic’s website lately but no worries, we have not disappeared. Instead some of the board members embarked on a summer holiday to Riga where they not only visited Crossing the Baltic’s Latvian correspondents but also fell in love with this incredibly beautiful city: […]

The North and the Notion of Space: Mental Geographies in the Baltic Sea Region

by Anna-Cara Keim East, West, North or South? The notion of geographical space is always subjective. What we view as North or East constitutes South or West for those living respectively further North or further East. However, in most cases mental geographies are very conscious constructions, and geographical space is no longer simply formed by […]

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