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.

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

A centre of arts, culture and nature

Galerie Ephémère is a contemporary art, culture and nature centre in the heart of the Belgian countryside. This exceptional arts centre is located on the beautiful Ferme du Pont de Bois (The Farm of the Wooden Bridge) in Thuin, southern Belgium. The stunning surroundings boast a renovated farmhouse set in six hectares of rolling fields and countryside, as well as a picturesque rental cottage which can be hired out for overnight stays.

Tournai's top art's festival and Luxembourg's finest blues festival

Les (rencontres) Inattendues takes place in Tournai in Belgium on 2, 3 and 4 September 2016. It’s a unique festival with over 100 philosophers, musicians, singers and comedians staging 27 events, exclusive debates and concerts. Didier Platteau, the festival’s key organiser, explains: “The festival has three principal ingredients: music, philosophy and the unexpected.” The events take place in prestigious venues such as the city’s cathedral and the Museum of Fine Arts.