With temperatures this winter dropping below minus 20 degrees, you might think Latvians have all been snuggling in bed with a steaming mug of tea. But a growing band have embraced the season by plunging into freezing water.
Philip Birzulis, 23.02.2021
While we would all like to follow the advice of the classic pick-me-up tune “Don’t worry – be happy,” that’s often easier said than done. But one Latvian has worked out a system for putting smiles on our faces.
Philip Birzulis, 16.02.2021
Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and… Kuldīga? The beautiful western Latvian town is seeking to join these icons on the world’s most prestigious preservation list. And this is a tribute to the passionate efforts of its people to preserve their cultural heritage.
Philip Birzulis, 09.02.2021
On November 18, Latvians will fly their maroon and white flag with pride to celebrate Independence Day. Now, meet a man who dared to raise the banner during the Soviet occupation, epitomising his people’s unbreakable spirit.
Philip Birzulis, 17.11.2020
The intriguing, all-female ensemble Svīres are giving Latvian music an exciting and eclectic new spin. They’ve just released their first album, and this is only the start of a rich creative journey.
Philip Birzulis, 06.10.2020