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The Empty Hills (Pustye Kholmi), Russia’s largest open-air non-commercial festival of alternative music and arts, was held for the ninth time in the Kaluga Region on June 9-13.

The Empty Hills (Pustye Kholmi), Russia’s largest open-air non-commercial festival of alternative music and arts, was held for the ninth time in the Kaluga Region on June 9-13.

© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankThe Empty Hills (Pustye Kholmi), Russia’s largest open-air non-commercial festival of alternative music and arts, was held for the ninth time in the Kaluga Region on June 9-13.
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The Empty Hills (Pustye Kholmi), Russia’s largest open-air non-commercial festival of alternative music and arts, was held for the ninth time in the Kaluga Region on June 9-13.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankThe festival was born in 2003, when a group of 300 enthusiasts held an open-air gathering, which turned into a major event combining features of a music festival, arts master-classes and even a carnival.
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The festival was born in 2003, when a group of 300 enthusiasts held an open-air gathering, which turned into a major event combining features of a music festival, arts master-classes and even a carnival.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaThe festival, which was held on June 9-13, 2011, gathered from 30,000 to 70,000 people from many Russian regions and some former Soviet republics although the event has not been widely advertized.
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The festival, which was held on June 9-13, 2011, gathered from 30,000 to 70,000 people from many Russian regions and some former Soviet republics although the event has not been widely advertized.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankThe festival has no definite music style, it is a mixture of rock, reggae, folk, blues, jazz, electronic music, etc.
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The festival has no definite music style, it is a mixture of rock, reggae, folk, blues, jazz, electronic music, etc.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankMusic at the Empty Hills is not that important. What is really important is the unique and unforgettable atmosphere of freedom, love, spiritual relaxation, positive energy and creativity.
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Music at the Empty Hills is not that important. What is really important is the unique and unforgettable atmosphere of freedom, love, spiritual relaxation, positive energy and creativity.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaThose who are not interested in music can walk around the market of handmade crafts...
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Those who are not interested in music can walk around the market of handmade crafts...
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bank...play games, enjoy theater performances and attend workshops and master classes...
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...play games, enjoy theater performances and attend workshops and master classes...
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bank...or bathe in the river.
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...or bathe in the river.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaThe installations at the festival are really impressive.
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The installations at the festival are really impressive.
© RIA Novosti . Irina Ryapolova"The Rabbit Hole" installation.
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"The Rabbit Hole" installation.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaA flying horse.
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A flying horse.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaThe snail labyrinth.
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The snail labyrinth.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaThe installations are created by Empty Hills volunteers.
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The installations are created by Empty Hills volunteers.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankVolunteers arrive at the site of the festival months before the opening and begin building the stages, bridges, toilets, cafes and other facilities.
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Volunteers arrive at the site of the festival months before the opening and begin building the stages, bridges, toilets, cafes and other facilities.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaOne of the festival's food courts. The sign says "Exclusive pleasure".
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One of the festival's food courts. The sign says "Exclusive pleasure".
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankFreedom is the main concept of the Empty Hills festival.
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Freedom is the main concept of the Empty Hills festival.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Kudenko / Go to the photo bankEmpty Hills is a unique gathering of free, sincere and happy people.
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Empty Hills is a unique gathering of free, sincere and happy people.
© RIA Novosti . Irina RyapolovaAnd it is really amazing how the festival has survived in the modern world that is ruled by money.
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And it is really amazing how the festival has survived in the modern world that is ruled by money.
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