Vilnius

  • Lithuania: The Returners

    By on Oct. 8, 2014

    As a result of 2008 crisis, unemployment pushed a significant amount of young Lithuanians to try their luck abroad. After a peak in 2010, the flow seemed to slow little by little. Now, there is even the return of these expatriates, pushed by government policies for their return as much as by improving economic conditions.

  • Marriage in Lithuania: Dangerous Liaisons

    By on Oct. 1, 2014

    Lithuania is resisting the rising unpopularity of marriage a bit more compared to other countries in Europe. A tenacity that has been carefully held by the quite influential church who suffers at the idea of sacrificing its main institution on the altar of 'new social tendencies'. An interview between Vilnius, Kaunas and an imbroglio of rebellious weddings.  

  • Tomas Šileika: 'We sing about what hurts in Lithuania'

    By on May 23, 2013

    Young Lithuanians are getting rid of the fears and prejudices of older generations: if they find something relevant in the work of Marx, or decide that glorification of private initiative and enterprise is not the only way, they will pursue it. Yet the path of creative expression is not easy for critically thinking artists, says the singer in the first Lithuanian left-wing rock band, Skyders 

  • Let It Be Night 2011

    By on June 19, 2011
    Let It Be Night is an annual festival in Vilnius (see post two years ago). It brings together professional and amateur artists to perform at night. Most of the events are free of charge, and many happen outside. The idea is to make Vilnius more of a night city, which it is not. The festival takes place in June, just before academic year fully finishes.
  • Legal graffiti: inclusive urban art or "farted radicalism"?

    By on Sept. 19, 2010
    Better late than never. On the 9th of September I attended a street art event, co-organised by Julijus G., whom I know. There is a group of people who promote graffiti in Lithuania as a legal form of urban art, which engages the people who hang out in the spaces decorated. The even coincided with other phenomena related to graffiti - I will write about those later.
  • Nightlife in Lithuania: call it night, but life???

    By on July 5, 2010
    When you go out in Lithuania in summer, prepare to dance in plenty of space and give yourself a moment to carefully pick your shoes! Adequate shoes may be key to a good party. I know all too well that after returning from Tel Aviv, where everything is open all night long and summer stands for more clubbing and better roof parties, any Northern European country might seem a little gloomy.
  • Soviet nostalgia: Russian drink, bunker parties and film in Vilnius

    By on June 25, 2009
    Twenty years after the Iron Curtain, the Baltic tiger is experiencing a bout of nostalgia. A young, trendy generation, fed up of hearing about the past, is looking back at a not-quite-so ‘carefree’ childhood under the soviet regime