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Gorky Park entranceThis Friday, on the first day of May, the long-awaited summer officially starts in Moscow’s parks. Gorky Park will be opening its newly restored main entrance, with a viewpoint and museum where many documents relating to the park’s history will be on display, The Village website reported. In June, the park’s modern art gallery Garage will be moving from its current location to a brand new bigger building just next door designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

One of the main differences between summer and winter in the parks is the number of outdoor cinemas on offer. This year the Hermitage Garden, Sokolniki and Krasnaya Presnya will all be showing a variety of films.

Another uniting trend is the vast amount of sports facilities that are now at people’s disposal. Krasnaya Presnya’s wide range of activities includes a skate park, a football pitch and a table tennis area, while Bauman Garden boasts the first outdoor trampoline park in Moscow, the website reported.

Park Pobedy is also opening two new sports squares. The park is kicking the summer off in style, with an opening party taking on the theme of “retro.” Highlights will include a concert of 50s hits, fashion photography and well-known Soviet cars.

Enjoy the parks in their summer dress while you can — the ice rinks will be back soon.

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Park Kievan Russ is a historical and cultural tourist complex in Ukraine, situated in village Kopachiv, about 21 miles from Kiev. The project aims at creation of a replica Detinets-Kremlin in ancient Kiev and revival of the Kievan Russ atmosphere of V-XIII centuries based on scientific research.

All ancient buildings and fortifications will be restored in their traditional shape and among them the palace of Prince Vladimir, the palace of Princess Olga, Fedorovsky monastery, the Tithe Church, and Yaroslav Courtyard.

The main difference of the complex as compared to other tourist attractions is that this is a live authentic vibrant city with streets, fairs and local people, recreating the atmosphere of ancient Kiev.

In the new season, the park offers its guests five major international film festivals, weekly themed weekends, new facilities and displays, guided tours in different languages. Archery tournament, and storming of the fortress events will also be held in the park this year. The first major event – the International Festival “Kiev Russ, XIII century” – will be held here from 21 to 22 May 2011. According to travel.ru portal park’s administration aims at 1 million tourists in 2011.

 

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