We’ve all heard of unique festivals around the globe (Spain’s ‘Baby Jumping Festival’ or the ‘Cat Food Festival’ in Peru, just to name a few). The International Highline Festival in Monte Piana, Italy might not be the most bizarre (in fact, it actually sounds pretty chill for a festival), but it is definitely one of the most terrifying!
The premise of this festival is to chill lazily on a hammock.
Simple enough, right?
There is a catch to all of this, in that the hammock is suspended a few thousand feet along the Dolomite Alps! Those who want to lounge on these hammocks will also have to work for it! To get to these lounge pods, participants (known as ‘slackers,’ for figurative and literal reasons) will have to balance and walk on slacklines that stretch from one alp’s edge to the other.
It sounds a lot like tight-rope walking. However, the slight challenge with these lines is that it’s loosely hung and the rope will have plenty of room to sway from side to side.
It sounds pretty extreme, but this festival is surprisingly safe! Harnesses and safety equipment are obvious necessities. So far, we haven’t heard or read any unfortunate cases of fallen slackers.
A majority of days and nights are spent on these slacklines. However, festival staples such as a make-shift bar, musical jam sessions, yoga workshops, and tandem paragliding flights keep slackers entertained throughout the entire event.
Check out these unreal shots from this year’s Highline Meeting Festival! (Image Credits by Sebastian Wahlhuetter)