Latvia has many wonderful craftspeople, who continue to make beautiful things despite the toughest time for business in many years. Here are the stories of three hardworking masters of their trade, who have some perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family.
From processions of medieval monks to Olympic opening ceremonies, torches have lit the way throughout history. A passionate Latvian wants the world rediscover their soulful glow.
Are you snowed under with bills and would love to get your heating, electricity and food practically for free? Well, there’s an innovative man in rural Latvia who can show you how.
Making useful things from birch-bark is one of the oldest crafts known to humanity. And a resourceful Latvian family is beautifully resurrecting this lost artform.
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.
When times get tough, Latvians head for the forest for nutritious and delicious treats just waiting to be plucked. It’s an ancient ritual that keeps bellies full and spirits up.
The Behmanis family left a comfortable life in England to farm on a remote property in Kurzeme. Their green and simple lifestyle challenges assumptions about what the good life is really about.
Meet a young Latvian who has inspired a team to do something really positive during the Covid-19 crisis. Helping vulnerable people with their shopping has uncovered a...
Meet a bunch of young Riga artists who have conjured up an extraordinary exhibition from practically nothing. Pamela is a stage designer and theatre director and is studying curating at the Latvian Academy of Culture. As if there’s not enough on her plate, she is also the curator of the art section of “Točka”.
The second issue of "Latvia's got personality": Encounters with intriguing Latvian characters… In the “Elizete” flower shop in the heart of the Jugendstil district, floral artist Sanita Cipruse presides over a sweet-scented wonderland.
From the Japanese onsen to the Turkish hammam, humans have devised many marvellous ways to get clean. Latvians have been doing it for millennia in wood-fired bathhouses called pirts.