Amongst the last people to Christianise in Europe, the Lithuanians as a people have had a roller coaster ride through history. From a sizeable medieval empire to a union with Poland, oppression by the Nazis and incorporation in the Soviet Union –is any small nation always destined ultimately to be pushed from pillar to post by its bigger and more powerful neighbours? Until WWII the population of the city of Vilnius was majority Polish and Jewish, with Polish and Yiddish as the major languages, but since 1991 with the gradual collapse of the Soviet Union, it has been the capital of a thriving independent Lithuanian Republic of total population three and half million.
27th November 2019
When Marc Augé wrote in The Future that ‘Every protest is a form of research’ he could have been describing the artwork(s) / protest / civil disobedience / celebration / sit-in that was […]
10th November 2019
Lithuanian poet and one time Soviet dissident Tomas Venclova visited Scotland as part of Lithuanian Days in Scotland in October and compared experiences of Union in his home country and Scotland. As we celebrate 30 years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall this week, we review his memoirs of life as a poet behind the Iron Curtain....