Empty Hills (Pustye Kholmy) is an annual non-commercial open-air alternative arts and music festival held in Russia. The festival takes place since 2003 in the Kaluga or Smolensk districts.
How much do you want to bet there was a pick up Hacky Sack game going on? This looks like a nice place. I am all for public nudity. If only it wasn’t jammed packed with dirty hippies.
A beautiful place
how do i make that annoying tit-covering rectangle disappear?
The granny is absolutely cool! I wonder if her grandsons/granddaughters are providing her with enough weed – after all, it is supposed to help against Alzheimer and all kinds of rheumatic diseases
Nice place to be.
why on earth they bring kids there? they have nothin to do in this decadent atmosphere… if the parents want to sh_t themselves, ok, but not their kids!
I was thinking the exact same thing! “Absolute freedom” having your kids there?!
Why not go lobby for more smoking bans???
So not many people here understood Cindy’s comment?Not many people here have kids?
I have to agree with what you say because other than the horses, I really don’t see anything there for children.
I don’t know for sure what they are watching on the screen at night and if it’s for kids, but I doubt it.
It’s looks like an adult event.
I wouldn’t take my kids there. I think they would be bored to death and bothering me the whole time to take them home. It looks like an interesting event otherwise. Sometimes these events grow and get better over time.
I know there is a huge Pagan Festival in New York State kinda like this but much larger and better organized now than when it first started. They have food and other vendors, a radio station to broadcast through out the whole area, toilets and showers, stages and places for lectures and classes and entertainment. They have a special area for the tents and then others for trailers. Maybe this festival will become better than it is in time too.
There are toilets and showers on Empty Hills as well and they also have special areas for tents (we don’t use trailers in Russia as you do in US). And I think it’s not bad for kids to be there, because people are very nice there. There are some installations where they can play, they can also watch cartoons or
play with each other.
Why is this a decadent atmosphere? Nudity is not decadent unless you make it so by your attitude. There are many tribes in the world still living completely naked.
Looks like USA of 1968. Russian always has lagged behind. Sigh.
subtile american humor?
Ozzy look-alike on page 3, third from last photo.
Looks like a good time. Would be better with out the nasty black boxes though!
It isn’t my scene, but it looks pretty awesome. It’s so cool that all kinds of people are there, from grannies to punks to little kids. Sad that people couldn’t do this, say, 25 years ago, but good they can now!
I don’t get why Pac-Man went. He’s more of a raver… eating pills he finds while running around, listening to repetitious, electronic music. Definitely a raver!
Nice photos! Except for the traditional black boxes, of course!
Titties and beer for everyone!
A bourgeois scene. Over the horizon workers are toiling and struggling for their daily bread.
Looks like Burning Man Festival in the US
Looks like a puny attempt to be something close to the Burning Man. Puny at best!
“A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”
Much cleaner than Burning Man or Reggae on the River. Reminds me of the time I went to Wavy Gravy’s Hog Farm.
You know, this blog is read by adults. The people in those photos were pretty comfortable with their bodies… I think we are mature enough to view them the same way. Down with the black boxes.
Looks like everybody is having FUN! Reading comments from the Americans would suggest bring the police, keep the kids at home! We have everything but Freedom…We used to have fun like that in the USA until the regulations,over zealous parents, leaders, the list goes on and on and on… Whats not against the Law in America????
I strongly suggest have fun and keep the Americans as far as possible or your fun will be over! Enjoy your freedom, my grandparents did!
Ha ha, you know what Cartman says about hippies?
Just kidding, why they dont go fishing like ordinary folks? I mean i go fishin, drink bear, smoke weed and barbecue ina nature – am i hippie?
DIE HIPPIE, DIE!!!
The greatest happiness for the children to be with their parents. For children had a separate playground. Children watched cartoons on the big screen. Your children are not enrolled in hiking? They are located permanently at home near a TV or computer? Im bored in nature? I feel sorry for them if so. I am very glad that I was there with his family.
You assume far too much. You know absolutely nothing about me and my children. I doubt you even have children of your own, it’s usually know-it-all never been a parent (your sister’s or brother’s kids don’t count) people like you who make dumb comments like the one above.
You have the right to judge those people who went there? You know them well? Why do you think that you can judge and advise all? Who gave you that right? You know better than anyone else what is good for children and what is bad?
If you have kids you know that exposing them to deviant behavior is not good for them. I support Musa’s view about the kids as much as I support the dirty hippies ability to not bathe, expose them selves publicly, and play hacky sack all day long. Have kids and you will know Musa is correct. What adults do is for adults, not kids
if you have the right to judge another’s comments; they have the right to judge other’s actions; for actions speak louder than words…
I’ve been there it was really great!! Love and Community. Each year I am visiting this festival and I never saw any fights only smiles and frendship! WELCOME EVERY ONE!!! Jah Bless!!!!
This is very much like Burning Man in USA’s Nevada desert. Anything goes there, and often does. After the festiville here in this article, I wonder how much litter and piles of poop were left for Mother Nature. A good must have been had for most there. peace
those of you who think this event is ok for children are pinheads.
@kolo: seriously? “the gratest happiness for children is to be with their parents”, no child should be exposed to drugs, public fornication and nudity, even if he is in the company of his parents.
I have a lot of friends brought up around events like these when they were children. Most of them turned out ok. The people are usually very naive about history/current events/geo-politics, etc. but otherwise decent enough people. I’m not a big fan of pot smoking and I don’t think little kids should be around it but…better to be raised as a hippie than a gang-banger.
You can’t justify bad behavior with behavior that is worse. Wrong is wrong not matter the degree. Taking kids to this kind of event is a poor decision.
Children do not see drunks on the street? Maybe you do not walk the streets of junkies? I will not say that it was good. But there is nothing particularly terrible no. Or, you can not explain to children what is good and what is bad?
Your children is shocking form naked human body? There are public baths, we have decided to bathe naked, and there is nothing wrong with that.
On the Internet your children can see the picture is much worse.
Once again…. You’re trying to relativise right and wrong. Bad behavior is no excuse for more bad behavior
Someone named ‘testicules’ sez the hippies are being naughty lol!
related pictures #1: http://www.dofiga.net/?post=11134
related pictured #2 (nudes): http://www.dofiga.net/?post=11138
The flower power “60s” in Russia!
Nothing wrong with that!
I used to be a hippy. Then I grew up.
Any event can be shown from different angles. Photos of alcoholics and drug addicts cause negative emotions. Photos of happy people evoke positive emotions. Here is an example.
beautiful country – http://megaprekol.ru/58-shikarnaya-angliya-22-foto.html
But in this country do not want to go – http://dvdm.livejournal.com/54764.html
What do you think the photos in this album? Here children are happy or not? http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/lobanoval78/album/171012/
Come and see it yourself
Just looking at these fills me with hope for better tomorrow. Love and freedom is something that the authoritarians can never provide to mankind.
“Every town must have a place where phony hippies meet, psychedelic dungeons popping up on every street. Go to San Franciscccoooo”. Frank Zappa
OMON was busy with other things that day.
OMON officers is not there at all. This year there were about 10 police officers on 10 hectares of land. The police was only this year, in the last few years it was not quite. Order was maintained by volunteers from the service “guards the hills.”
Could anyone tell me the name of this festival? It looks amazing.
The festival is called “Empty Hills”. Festival site holmi.ru
thank you this looks fun.
i see lots of hippies, and lot’s of wanna-be “hippies”
Oh wow, I wish I could go to something like this…
Uhm…. I see lots of kid friendly activities in a lot of these photos. Horses, Music, Dancing, Kite Flying, Open Fields its perfect for children who dont rely on instant gratification and have good imaginations and parents who hold the values of “hippies” are doing their kids right by not raising them to only have fun when a toy is involved. I think kids would have a blast at a festival like this.
You guys should check out “Burning Man” in the Nevada desert. Awesome music and art festival and very popular.
fake hippie fest. theyre charging money for water and beer. lame.
really love full place… i like hippie fest…
Interesting how the attitudes towards the Love, Peace, Freedom movement are no different in 2011 than they were in 1968. I’m glad I was part of it then; these pictures bring back wonderful memories.
these events are opportunities for bringing people together to simply have a good time – after the daily grind during the week, – there’s nowt better than to get away into the unpredictable weather, meet people, and enjoy music, laughter & stories, then vow to come back again for more
ISSO SIM É UMA FESTA HIPPIE. DEVE TER ROLADO MUITA ERVA……HEMP
Really , it was very nice pictur and nice girls.
A song in Argentina says: “Empañando Raybans, mascando un hueso”, that means “tarnishing Ray Bans, chewing a bone”, this is a metaphor… If you are Hippie, you cant use a Ray Ban! Only use a nature! See the pics! Bye!
The girls aren’t sporting the normal body hair, miss that…a lot.so sexy
loving the face on the girl holding the cup at the top of the page, that just sums up a true hippy festival, bless her <3
punks on a hippie fest…the last thing I want to see
Where is this and what time of year is it held?
looks like it would be alot of fun.
Come to United States and visit the Rainbow Gatherings, every summer around 4th of July.
Is that Rachel McAdams in the very first photo on the page? Well at the very least, it looks like her.
Is that Rachel McAdams in the first picture? If not, the female person highly resembles her.
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