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Center Court

The Kremlin Cup gets bigger and better each year. The mens portion of the tournament includes 13 of the pro tours top 50 players, led by Russias own Marat Safin. But the womens championship is shaping up to be even more competitive 16 women from the WTA tours top 20 will be here, hardly surprising given the incredible achievements of female Russian stars this year at majors in France, Britain and the US. Anastasia Myksina, Elena Dementyeva and Svetlana Kuznetsova will wave the Russian flag, while competitors from abroad include Venus Williams, Kim Klijsters and Lindsay Davenport. With over $2 million in prize money at stake, we expect some exciting matches.

XVth International Tennis Tournament, Kremlin Cup, October 11-17 at Olympiisky Stadium. Tickets on kremlincup. ru or Olympiiskiy Stadium.



Photo Fest

For dark-room fanatics and happy snappers, there will be lots to enjoy and plenty to learn at the InterFoto festival this month. Twelve separate events are planned dealing with various aspects of photography including presentations by some of the worlds most talented photographers, interactive competitions, seminars, master-classes and a major exhibition of photographs from around the world. This is the tenth anniversary of the show and this years theme is how photography has evolved in the rapidly-changing political, social and cultural environment of the former Soviet Union and East-Central Europe over the last 15 years.

10th Annual Festival of International Photography, InterFoto 2004, Together, Apart: Exploring New Borders, Identities and Visions, October 13-17, Central House of Artists. Tel. 243 4206.

Grand Pas Dance

Ballet fans have a treat in store. Top companies from the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands will show their stuff in Moscow this month. If you are not a ballet fanatic, you may not know that the Dutch National Ballet is considered one of the best in the world, so here is a rare chance to see them in action. US-based Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo revives British pantomime tradition in that men play the female roles as well as their own. All that extra muscle gives them lots of bounce to show off their comic routines. Dont miss Complexions Contemporary Ballet, another US company, or Britains Random Dance Company either. Added bonus: most performances will be on the Bolshois new stage.

Moscow International Festival of Ballet Grand Pas, October 16-25 (except 18th), Bolshoi Theater. Tickets available at or 258 0000.

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