TRAKAI, Lithuania — If you want to understand what makes the people of the Baltic states tick, delve into their rich folk music. Here’s a clip from last weekend’s Mėnuo Juodaragis, which if you were lucky enough to get a ticket gave an excellent primer into the local music scene.
VILNIUS — Vilnius’ first large-scale bicycle rally since April’s Critical Mass, which sent two people to the hospital after a hit-and-run incident, was held on Sunday and went off without a hitch, thankfully.
SIGULDA, Latvia — Latvian President Valdis Zatlers met with World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Monday to discuss the country’s economy and bailout package. Here is video coverage by the Latvian president’s office.
RIGA — Riga city officials are offering a cash reward for someone to come up with a solution to rid the canal of beavers who are gnawing down trees and shrubbery in the park. Here’s a video of one of the beavers in action.
TALLINN — Supporting a racist organization or much ado about nothing? Watch the controversial Estonian Food Industry Association TV ad, which critics say features Ku Klux Klan costumes, below.
KLAIPĖDA, Lithuania — More than 70 Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian pilots and soldiers participated in the Baltic Bikini 2010 military exercise over the past week. Here is video footage shot by participants.
RIGA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that it is funding and coordinating the construction of 10 new fire stations in cash-strapped Latvia. This video produced by the U.S. Army details the project.
SALAGRĪVA, Latvia — The biggest music festival in the Baltic states took place this weekend near tiny Salacgrīva on the coast of the Gulf of Riga. This year’s headliner was Muse, seen here playing the hit song “Time is Running Out” for their Baltic fans.
VILNIUS — On Wednesday in Vilnius the streets flooded, preventing pedestrians from walking without wading in Old Town and hampering cars when strong thunderstorms in the morning and early evening, felling numerous trees.
PÄRNU, Estonia — When we wrote in the Baltic Reports: Weekend Edition that Ibiza was coming to Estonia this weekend, we weren’t kidding. Check out this footage of the Pacha World Tour’s stop in the beach town of Pärnu.