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A rainbow coalition for Lithuania

Predicting election results is a notoriously tricky business, as the rise of Donald Trump has shown. Analysts and pollsters failed to appreciate the singular nature of his candidacy, and, more embarrassingly, the depth of the frustration and anger...

Arts & events guide

LATVIA   THURSDAY, MAY 19   The Immured, opera 19:00 @ Latvian National Opera & Ballet (LNOB) Maris Sirmais (conductor) WORLD PREMIERE Eriks Esenvalds’ &ld...

The golden emotion of ‘Aida’

Verdi’s majestic and epic opera is one of his finest and most frequently performed; the skill required to elevate “Aida” to the greatness it deserves is a challenge for any director, but the Estonian National Opera’s Tobias...

Fashion war in Riga

An open letter requesting a review of the Latvian government’s funding policy of Latvian fashion industry events has been sent to Dace Melbarde, the Minister of Culture, by Jelena Strahova, Director of the Baltic Fashion Federation, organise...

I know the other Kazakhstan

Today, two Kazakhstans exist in the world. One of them is the real Kazakhstan that peacefully lives and works, as before. The second is a virtual one that presents a distorted and sometimes grotesque view. I know the first of them, becaus...

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