Sixteen Thousand Voices in Perfect Harmony: Latvia’s Incredible Song Festival

Sixteen thousand voices sound out in perfect harmony, echoing around a valley of trees. The 60,000 people in the audience sing along in response. Welcome to the closing concert of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival, a unique cultural masterpiece that takes over the hearts and minds of the entire country. The event, which takes place every five years, is inextricably linked to the Latvian national identity.

An eco-village in Lebanon's Chouf valley

​It sits symbolically above a Druze and a Christian village in the heart of Lebanon's age-old Chouf region, and the choice of location is no accident. Welcome to Bkerzay, a unique eco-destination built from traditional Lebanese stone architecture and furnished with upcycled furniture. There is much more to Bkerzay though than its stone guest houses. It's found in the centre of a region which encompasses river valleys and forested mountains and was once the seat and homeland of Lebanon's emirates.

The Book of Riga: contemporary Latvian writing at its best

The Book of Riga is the first English-language collection of short stories by contemporary Latvian authors to showcase the city’s rich history, its residents’ dark humour and their love of the mythical. The unique book brings together a range of tales, with history, society, love, philosophy, politics and mythology among the central themes. Many of the stories tell of an individual’s or society’s collective outrage and struggle with issues, including the economic crisis, political stagnation an

Kā Skotijā izaudzināt latviski runājošu bērnu. Vanteru ģimenes pieredze

Kopš 2009.gada, vairāk nekā 200000 cilvēki ir atstājuši Latviju, lai meklēt darbu iespējas ārzemēs*. Lielbritānijā, Īrijā un Vācijā ir lielākas latviešu emigrantu sabiedrības. No tā izriet svarīgi jautājumi: kā saglabāt latviešu valodu nākamajām paaudzēm un kā iemācīt ārzemēs dzīvojošiem bērniem runāt latviski? Ārzemēs dzimusī latviete Lidija Lieģis rakstu sērijā "Lsm.lv" rādīs valodas saglabāšanas pieredzi, dzīvojot svešumā.

The Arabs making a life for themselves in Latvia

Hesham Dawoud came to Latvia eight years ago with his Latvian wife, who he says he met online. Between working in bars and doing evening shifts in a kebab shop, he has little spare time to socialise. Before moving to Riga, the 35-year-old Egyptian and his wife lived between Cairo and Alexandria. But when the country started becoming increasingly unstable prior to the 2011 revolution, Hesham and his wife decided to move to Riga.
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