Latvians love fussing about their apple trees and raspberry bushes to put wholesome things on the family table. One couple has turned this hobby into a healthy business.
Latgale is a region where diverse cultures have been enriching one another for centuries. Meet an artist whose life epitomises this process.
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Growing cannabis might seem like a dodgy undertaking. But for one Latvian family, it’s a wholesome and nutritious way of life.
Ever thought of buying a stately mansion and living like a country squire? One Latvian heritage buff has made the dream a reality.
One of the joys of a Latvian summer is nursing a cold beer on a sunny afternoon in Riga’s timeless Old Town. One couple is dedicated to making the experience even more special.
Despite its old school image, pottery is still ripe for innovation by enterprising craftspeople. Meet a Latvian artist whose works are soothing souls and finding new customers even in these troubled times.
Like the stately homes of England, old aristocrat haunts offer a taste of the blue blooded life in the Baltics. Meet a man who has transformed a rundown Latvian mansion into a showcase of the finer things in life.
Who doesn’t love staring at the night sky and wondering what is going on around the distant stars? Meet a young man who turned this curiosity into his life’s work.
Three centuries ago, a handful of central European missionaries started a religious revival in Latvia which had far-reaching effects on the land and its people. Today, a small flock of the faithful have rekindled this movement.
Recently, Latvian farmers have clashed with the government over plans to restrict the use of pesticides. But amidst the acrimony, some only need Mother Nature’s help to successfully till the soil.
With concerts cancelled and access to galleries still restricted, Latvian culture remains in the Covid doldrums. But a bold new venue showcases local talent and revitalises Riga’s ruffled fringes.
Whatever the occasion, Latvians find it easiest to express their feelings by giving flowers. Meet a man whose research into beautiful things has made a world-class contribution to science.
The Midsummer celebration of June 23-24 - Jāņi - is almost upon us again. But if you are new to this festival which makes Christmas pale into insignificance, or if you just wonder why everyone is behaving so strangely, here are a few pointers to get you up to speed.
In spring and summer, Latvians like to head en masse to their country homes for fresh air and birdsong. But one enterprising hotelier is creating natural delights in the heart of Rīga.
This year, Rīga’s oldest park, Viesturdārzs (also called Viestura dārzs), celebrates its 300th anniversary. A scholar with green thumbs is researching its eventful life and sharing the stories with the latest technology.
If life seems too rushed and virtual these days, meet a man who spends years chipping at rocks to express some very sane insights.
When families crack under the strain of unemployment and addiction, it’s the children who suffer most. For almost 30 years, one courageous woman has been giving a helping hand to Latvian kids in dire straits.
“It’s not a question of if you will be a target of a cyberattack, but when? So, it is smart to be prepared”, says Baiba Kaškina, the General Manager of CERT.LV – the Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution of the Republic of Latvia.
Policing is a tough job even in the best of times, and the pandemic has added new complications. Meet a senior cop doing his best to keep order in a society weary of restrictions.
With temperatures this winter dropping well 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.
For many people, chimney sweeps are relics only found in the novels of Charles Dickens. But the profession is alive and well in Latvia, and its practitioners keep modern homes safe while nurturing ancient traditions.
For many Latvians, the house in the country is the ultimate battery recharger, where long summer days are spent tending the tomatoes and splashing in the pond. Few do it with more style than Dita Balčus and her daughters, who have turned an old aristocratic pile into a hotel and cultural hotspot.
What does the Biden presidency in the United States of America hold, not only for the USA itself, but for the wider world in general and the Baltic states in particular?
In one famous Latvian folk song, a maiden declares “I walked through the silver birch grove, without breaking a single twig.” Of course, not even Latvians are perfect, but our mushroom gatherers, sauna switch makers and Midsummer Eve lovers do try to disturb Mother Nature as little as possible.
Sadly, crises in families leave far too many children in urgent need of care. But one Latvian municipality has come together to make sure that no youngster ever has to go to an orphanage.
God is said to have made Adam out of clay, showing how vital pottery has been to humans since time immemorial. Meet a Latvian couple who are shaping beautiful things from this sticky earth and spreading lots of good vibes.
Almost 30 years have passed since Latvia’s Lenin statues were consigned to the dustbin of history. But in one corner of Rīga, a familiar face lingers on.
There’s an old saying that the person who builds a better mousetrap will be very rich indeed. But what about revolutionising the way pianos are made? Philip Birzulis meets someone who has done just that…
Agris Kociņš, from Bauska, central Latvia, is an ex-policeman who received Latvia's highest civil decoration, the Order of the Three Stars, twelve years ago. He was awarded as one of the eight Bauska policemen who defended the Interior Ministry on January 20, 1990 from an assault by an OMON special police force at a pivotal point for Latvian independence.