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.
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.
Every nation has its heroes, and for Latvians, there is none greater than Lācplēšis. And a new English-language edition of the Bearslayer epic is about to be released, complimented by fantastic artwork from an unexpected quarter.
If you wish you could wave a magic wand and make 2020 just go away, you’re probably not alone. But one talented Riga clan has a sleeve full of tricks to banish the Covid blues.
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.